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Bout's alleged accomplice arrested in Melbourne

Bout's alleged accomplice arrested in Melbourne

A former partner of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has been arrested in Melbourne.

Richard Chichakli was arrested at the request of the United States on Thursday.

According to prosecutors of New York’s Southern District, he was arrested for allegedly conspiring with Viktor Bout to buy a plane to transport weapons to Colombia.

Chichakli, who holds both Syrian and American citizenship, is charged with nine counts, including fraud and money laundering.

If convicted, he will face up to 20 years in prison.

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