The US Department of Justice has refused to transfer convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to Russia to let him serve his prison term at home.
Viktor Bout`s sentence was the mandatory minimum he faced and well below the life prison term called for by federal sentencing guidelines.
Viktor Bout, 45, faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and possibly life for his conviction on terrorism charges.
Viktor Bout was accused of evading authorities for years while fuelling violence in war zones around the globe.
Viktor Bout was brought to the US last year to face trial on charges that he agreed to sell weapons to FARC.
The world`s most notorious arms dealer will go to trial starting Sept 12.
Alleged "Merchant of Death" arms dealer will appear in court on January 21.
US plea bargain offer would have exposed Viktor Bout`s alleged contact list.
Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout was finally extradited to US last month.
The US agents lured Bout to Thailand by posing as Colombian insurgents.
Thai PM Vejjajiva blames Russia for failing to robustly contest the case.
Suspected arms dealer Viktor Bout was flown to New York from Thailand.
Russia`s "Merchant of Death” is accused of running a global arms empire.
Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout arrived in New York from Thailand to face US terrorism charges.
A suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout dubbed was flown out of Thailand to face trial in the US.
The US welcomes the ruling, saying it looked forward to a speedy extradition.
Viktor Bout is reputed to be one of the world`s most prolific arms dealers.
Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout is often termed as "Merchant of Death".
Russia on Friday angrily condemned a
decision by a Thai court to extradite alleged Russian arms
dealer Viktor Bout to the United States, vowing to do
everything so he could return to his homeland.
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