Thursday, February 18, 2010

New charges against the "Merchant of Death" Viktor Bout

Alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout faces new charges in the US, which could complicate US-Russian relations.

New charges have been filed against suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout in US court. The new indictment alleges that Bout and an American colleague, Richard Chichakli, conspired to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by attempting to purchase two aircraft from companies located in the United States. The IEEPA is an effort to prevent the flow of weapons and other supplies to rebel groups in Africa.