Alleged 'Merchant of Death' conspirator arrested
This is a 2010 photo of Victor Bout, who was sentenced to 25-years in jail for illegal arms deals.
January 10th, 2013
12:09 PM ET

Alleged 'Merchant of Death' conspirator arrested

Authorities in Australia have arrested a man they say conspired with a convicted international arms dealer known as the "Merchant of Death."

Richard Ammar Chichakli, a U.S. and Syrian citizen, was arrested Wednesday by Australian authorities at the request of the United States, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday.

The DEA alleges Chichakli once conspired with convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout to buy airplanes to illegally transport weapons to conflict zones.

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  1. Portland tony

    How ironic ....Only governments (ours to) have the right to sell arms to war-ing nations!

    January 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    good morning @Portland tony.
    This is a trade in which the Powers have always been involved both for political reasons and profiteering. So what is the big deal here folks?
    Supplying arms to 'rebels' in Libya or Syria & wherever ?

    January 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    Please it's all bs what is this guy if not a CIA operative middle man,

    January 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    ODD can use other post but not tell truth here of who and how US uses these same merchants.

    January 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |