1. Merchant of Death

    Arms Dealer Viktor Bout Convicted

    This courtroom sketch shows Viktor Bout(L) at Federal court with Judge Shira Scheindlin on November 17, 2010 in New York. Viktor Bout, the Russian alleged to be one of the world's biggest illegal arms dealers, pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a US court Wednesday, hours after being extradited from Thailand. "He will plead not guilty," a lawyer for Bout said in New York federal court before Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the alleged arm dealer to remain in detention until a hearing set for January 10. Bout, 43, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and minimum of 25 years if found guilty. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTINE CORNELL (Photo credit should read CHRISTINE CORNELL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, often called “the Merchant of Death,” has been convicted by a federal jury in New York. Bout was charged with attempting to sell heavy weaponry to a terror group so it could attack U.S. forces aiding the Colombian government. He was arrested in 2008 in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation in Thailand, when federal agents posing as Colombian rebels attempted to buy missiles, mines, and assault rifles from the former Soviet Air Force officer. Bout faces life in prison.

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