RUSSIA DOUBTS ARMS DEALER'S VERDICT

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STORY: RUSSIA DOUBTS ARMS DEALER'S VERDICTDATELINE: Nov. 04, 2011 LENGTH: 0:00:45LOCATION: MoscowVOSOTRussia on Thursday questioned the fairness of the guilty verdict handed down to Russian arms dealer, Viktor Bout, saying it will try to bring Bout home.SOUNDBITE(RUSSIA)ALEXANDER LUKASHEVICH, FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN:"The Russian Foreign Ministry will continue to take every necessary measure to secure Victor Bout's legitimate rights and interests as a citizen of Russia. Our objective is to get him back home." On Wednesday, a New York court found Bout guilty of attempting to sell heavy weapons to a Colombian rebel group.Viktor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, has been dubbed the " Merchant of Death" by his accusers. In 2008, U.S. agents arrested Bout in Thailand. He was extradited to the United States a year ago.
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