Arms dealer sentenced to prison

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Arms dealer sentenced to prison

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A Russian arms dealer has been sentenced to prison for 25 years by a US judge in New York.

Viktor Bout, who was the subject of a book titled Merchant of Death, was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 after Drug Enforcement Administration agents posed as Colombian guerrillas seeking weapons.

Courtroom sketch shows Viktor Bout during his sentencing by federal judge Shira Scheindlin in New York.

Courtroom sketch shows Viktor Bout during his sentencing by federal judge Shira Scheindlin in New York.

PHOTO: AFP / Shirley Shepard

He was extradited to New York in November 2010 to face trial.

Prosecutors say he constituted a threat to United States and the world. The defence argued Bout was just trying to sell two old cargo aircraft for $US5 million.

Bout, 45, was convicted by a Manhattan federal court jury in November last year after a three-week trial.

Judge Shira Scheindlin also ordered him to forfeit $US15 million.

US agencies said he has been involved in trafficking arms since the 1990s to dictators and conflict zones in Africa, South America and the Middle East.


 

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