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2 November 2011

BBC News

A former Soviet military officer has been found guilty in a New York court of attempting to sell heavy weapons to a Colombian rebel group. Prosecutors said Viktor Bout, 44, who has been dubbed the merchant of death, stood to make millions from supplying weapons to the group. The defence argued Bout had only wanted to sell two cargo planes. He was arrested in Bangkok in 2008 after a sting operation in which US informants posed as Colombian rebels. He remained in... (

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