Despite the outburst and insistence that he was framed, Viktor Bout escaped with the mandatory minimum 25 years in prison in a case that demonstrated the U.S. government’s determination to bring him to justice.
A shadowy Russian arms dealer was convicted Wednesday of seeking to make millions of dollars by selling heavy weaponry to a terror group so it could attack what prosecutors said he told his customers was a common enemy – U.S. forces helping the Colombian government.
The three-week trial of an accused Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death” is wrapping up.
Opening arguments began Wednesday in the trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of agreeing to sell weapons to anti-American rebels.
Jury selection got off to a rocky start Tuesday in the arms sale trial of a former Soviet military officer known as the Merchant of Death when reporters were initially kept out of the federal courtroom.
Lawyers on Friday were expected to update a federal judge in Manhattan on progress they’ve made to bring Viktor Bout to trial.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara repeatedly responded to questions at a news conference about the relations between the countries by saying Viktor Bout was brought to the United States after prosecutors successfully sought an indictment and an extradition based on evidence collected during a long-running DEA probe.
A federal prosecutor says a Russian arms trafficking suspect known as the “Merchant of Death” is where he belongs – in U.S. custody. He is facing charges in New York.
Russian arms trafficking suspect Viktor Bout was flown to New York on Tuesday in a chartered U.S. plane, extradited in manacles despite a push by Russian diplomats to persuade Thailand to release him.