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'Merchant of death' denies deals

By Nick Paton Walsh

Updated on 16 March 2009

In an exclusive interview Viktor Bout, allegedly the world's biggest arms dealer, denies dealing weapons to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

The "merchant of death" is alleged to have sold weapons to warlords and dictators resulting in the deaths of thousands.

Speaking to Channel 4 News from his Bangkok prison cell, Bout does admit to working for the Russians and shipping arms to the government of Afghanistan before the Taliban were in power.

The United States will try again this week to have him extradited on charges of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

This report contains some strong language.


Mischa Glenny, author of McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, joins Jon in the studio.

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