WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against a Russian accused of illegal arms dealing and his American associate.
The updated indictment against Viktor Bout, once known as the "Merchant of Death," follows a Thai court's decision last year to reject a U.S. request for Bout's extradition. He was arrested in 2008 at a luxury Bangkok hotel.
The new indictment charges that Bout and Richard Chichakli, a U.S. citizen, conspired to violate sanctions aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed conflicts in Africa. They also are charged with money laundering and wire fraud. Chichakli's whereabouts are unknown.