US wants life for 'Merchant of Death'

2012-03-31 11:00

New York - Federal prosecutors have asked a judge in New York to sentence a Russian arms dealer known as the Merchant of Death to life in prison.

Prosecutors called Viktor Bout a "businessman of the most dangerous order" in court papers filed Friday.

They said Bout conspired to sell missiles to an "avowed terrorist organisation seeking to kill Americans".

Defense attorney Albert Dayan said in court papers that the case against Bout was "the product of outrageous, inexcusable government conduct" and that his client was innocent.

He called on the judge not to sentence Bout and to dismiss the indictment.

A jury convicted Bout in November after finding that he conspired to sell weapons to South American terrorists. H

e faces a mandatory 25 years in prison at sentencing April 5.

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