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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.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-03-31 11:06

    The world doesnt need people like him anywhere!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-31 11:35

    Life to Bush and Blair too please.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-03-31 11:52

    These Americans are such HYPOCRITES!!!! They proliferate weapons all over the world making a killing in profit, but when someone else tries to do it then it's attitude changes to 'holier than thou' and wants severe punishment ... as if they own the right to dispense weapons globally.

      patrick.saunders123 - 2012-03-31 13:14

      don't forget the war that would result were an american convicted of a similar crime in another country.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-31 21:30

      in the yanks eyes... they do no wrong. they cant accept half the worlds troubles are caused by them and their ignorant actions and disregards for the sovereignty of nations.

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