Africa's Merchant of Death Jailed

Victor Bout, the Russian arms dealer who supplied arms to many African fighting forces, sometimes supplying both sides in a war, was jailed for 25 years in a New York Court on Thursday. Bout has been named in a range of government and journalists' investigations as having supplied weapons to both governments and rebels, arming troops or fuelling fighting in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Togo. However, the case which saw his downfall had nothing to do with trafficking arms in Africa - it arose from a sting operation in which he agreed to sell weapons to Colombian guerillas to kill Americans.

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  • Africa:  'Merchant of Death' Jailed for 25 Years (press release)

    United States Department of Justice, 5 April 2012

    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that international arms dealer VIKTOR BOUT was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for ... read more »

  • Africa:  Viktor Bout - the Southern African Saga (analysis)

    Institute for Security Studies, 4 November 2011

    Viktor Bout, widely referred to as the 'merchant of death', cut a forlorn figure as he was led from a New York federal district court in restraints and prison fatigues on Wednesday ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Who is Viktor Bout, And Why Should Africa Care? (column)

    The Nation, 4 November 2010

    The "Merchant of Death" is just one of the labels given to Viktor Bout, the man on the left who is believed to be the biggest illegal arms dealer in history. read more »

  • Africa:  'Merchant of Death' Flies to U.S. for Trial

    Radio France Internationale, 16 November 2010

    Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is being flown out of Bangkok on a US special jet after Thailand approved his extradition on terrorism charges, according to a senior Thai ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Crime Sent 'Lord of War' Packing

    Business Day, 10 March 2008

    ALLEGED international arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was arrested in Thailand last week, sold his home in SA after he and his family were held up in 1998 and robbed by masked men who ... read more »

  • Gambia:  Former KGB and Arms Dealer Mr Viktor Bout Arrested - Who are His Accomplices?

    Freedom Newspaper, 10 March 2008

    A notorious former Russian KGB officer and an international arms dealer Mr Viktor Bout who is widely known as "The Merchant of Death" has been arrested in Thailand. read more »

  • West Africa:  Africa's Merchant of Death (book listing)

    Wiley Press, 9 July 2007

    Former West African Bureau Chief of the Washington Post Douglas Farah and Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times National Correspondent Stephen Braun detail how a small circle of ... read more »

Convicted arms dealer, Victor Bout.