Tough to prosecute arms dealers without laws #armstreaty #viktorbout

November 4 2011, 10:40 AM  by Oistein Thorsen

In a trial that played out with far less fanfare than the “Lord of War” movie based on Viktor Bout’s life, the public got a rare glimpse into the shadowy world of international arms brokering. Bout was convicted by a federal jury in New York this week on four counts of conspiracy, including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Not among the counts against him, ironically, was his alleged involvement in nearly 20 years of transporting arms.

Bout, whose renowned ability to deliver weapons and goods to almost any region of the world earned him the nickname “merchant of death,” has long maintained that his transportation services – though reprehensible – are not illegal. For some of his activities, he may be right.

Read the complete article by Scott Stedjan, Oxfam America, and Winny Chen, Human Rights First at: