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‘Merchant of Death’ hires John Ashcroft’s law firm

Convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has hired the Ashcroft Law Firm — as in former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft — to represent him in his efforts to get a retrial.

Ukraine crisis: battle lines are being drawn in the Black Sea's smuggling wars

Anyone who's seen the arms-trafficking film Lord of War will remember Yuriy Orlov, the Ukrainian-American arms dealer played by Nicolas Cage. He's loosely-based on Viktor Bout, the world's most notorious gunrunner, who used a team of jobless ex-Soviet pilots to smuggle weapons to half the wars in Africa in the 1990s. In the film, Cage [...]

Arms Dealer Associate Convicted in N.Y. Case

(NEW YORK) — A Syrian associate of notorious international arms dealer Viktor Bout was convicted on Friday of charges he tried to make an illegal purchase of two airplanes to transport weapons to international war zones. A jury in federal court in Manhattan also found Richard Chichakli guilty of money laundering and other charges. Show More Summary

Russia calls arms-dealer conviction political

Moscow says US court's decision to uphold conviction of Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout a "political stitch-up".

Appeals Court Hears Case of Reputed Russian Arms Dealer

A federal appeals court expressed skepticism Thursday that the U.S. government had improperly targeted Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer convicted two years ago in conspiracies to sell surface-to-air missiles and to kill Americans.

Russian Arms Dealer Bout's Associate to Represent Himself in US

A Syrian-born associate of notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout said Thursday that he would represent himself at his upcoming trial in New York on charges that he conspired to buy planes to move weapons to the world's bloodiest conflicts.

Associate of Convicted Arms Dealer Bout Extradited to US

Australia extradited to the United States a man accused of working with Russian national Viktor Bout, convicted in 2011 of arms trafficking, Manhattan U.S. Attorney said Friday.

Bout’s Defense to Complain about Prison Conditions

A lawyer of Russian national Viktor Bout, who has been convicted for arms trafficking in the United States, said on Tuesday he had prepared a complaint about prison conditions.

Viktor Bout’s Defense Appeals Sentence

The defense team of Russian businessman Viktor Bout, convicted for arms trafficking in the United States, has filed an appeal against the guilty verdict, his lawyer told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Catching Richard Chichakli

For more than seven years after he fled his home in Texas, Richard Chichakli was safe. He was a fugitive, wanted in the United States, where authorities accused him of helping Viktor Bout—the Russian arms trafficker, sometimes called...Show More Summary

Viktor Bout Describes Life at USP Marion

Two weeks ago, the U.S. denied Russia's request to return Viktor Bout to Russia under the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Bout. Its reasons: "The United States denied... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Russia Slams Bout Extradition Refusal as ‘Formal’

The United States refused to extradite convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout to Russia over a “formality” coupled with a set of illegitimate pretexts, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

US Justice Department Denies Russia Bout Extradition Request

The US Department of Justice has refused to extradite convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to Russia for him to serve his prison time at home, Bout’s attorney Albert Dayan said.

Arms Dealer Bout Defense Claims 'New Evidence'

Defense lawyers for jailed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout claim there is new evidence to support their appeal for the case to be reconsidered.

DEA agent, former actor discusses high-stakes investigation that brought down ‘Merchant of Death’

On Thursday, I profiled DEA Agent Lou Milione, who leads a small team in an investigation that culminated in the capture and conviction of one of the world’s most notorious arms dealers, Viktor Bout, a.k.a. “The Merchant of Death.” Milione is a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America medal, which rewards good work by federal employees. Read full article >>

Bout’s Lawyer Seeks to Postpone Appeal Deadline

A lawyer of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was sentenced to 25 years in jail by a U.S. court in April, is seeking to postpone the deadline for appealing against the ruling for three months.

Bout Serving Term with Terrorists, Learning Arabic - Lawyer

Jailed Russian businessman Viktor Bout is serving his term with terrorists and learning the Arabic language, his lawyer Albert Dayan told RIA Novosti.

Bout’s Wife Submits Extradition Request to Russian Justice Ministry

The wife of jailed Russian businessman Viktor Bout, who is serving his 25-year imprisonment in the United States, submitted on Friday an extradition request to Russia’s Justice Ministry, Alla Bout said.

Thailand’s Tricky Extraditions

Extraditing a wanted man out of Thailand can be a diplomatic nightmare. Nobody knows this more than Bangkok’s top ally, the United States, as evidenced by the likes of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Bout was finally extradited in 2010...Show More Summary

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