November 1, 2000 |
The business was guns. The place was a yacht club in Lima. And the gracious host of the lunch last year, according to the man who says he was the guest of honor, was the all-powerful chief of Peru's intelligence service, Vladimiro Montesinos. Montesinos oozed charm, says Sarkis Soghanalian, a rotund arms trafficker and occasional U.S. intelligence informant known as "The Merchant of Death."
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July 31, 2001 |
After examining a secret government document, a Los Angeles federal judge on Monday agreed to sentence an international arms dealer with close ties to the Central Intelligence Agency to 10 months in prison--time already served--on a charge of wire fraud. In exchange for Sarkis Soghanalian's cooperation in an unspecified investigation, the U.S. attorney's office recommended that he spend no further time behind bars. At the outset of Monday's hearing, U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W.
December 30, 1999 |
An international arms dealer nicknamed "The Merchant of Death" has been arrested here on charges that he conspired to defraud a Los Angeles bank of more than $3 million. Sarkis Soghanalian, 70, was taken into custody last week and is being held without bond pending extradition to Los Angeles to face a 10-count federal indictment charging him with bank fraud and money laundering.
October 22, 1991 |
Millionaire arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian was found guilty Friday of violating federal weapons smuggling and conspiracy statutes in connection with a failed attempt to sell 103 helicopters and two rocket launchers to Iraq in 1983. After two days of deliberation, a 12-member jury decided that Soghanalian conspired with two former executives of the Los Angeles-based Hughes Helicopter Corp. to skirt a U.S. export ban on arms sales to Iraq, and then lied about it.
February 14, 1991 |
Reports by the syndicated television news magazine "Inside Edition" that CBS News reporter Bob Simon and his crew are being held as prisoners of war in Iraq are unconfirmed, CBS spokesman Tom Goodman said Wednesday, but they mirror earlier accounts of the missing journalists' whereabouts. "There are indications based on second-, third- and fourth-hand sources that they were taken to Kuwait and then eventually to Baghdad, but nobody knows that's true," Goodman said.
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March 20, 2001 |
An international arms dealer with close ties to the Central Intelligence Agency pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court on Monday to defrauding City National Bank of $250,000 in a stolen check scam. Sarkis Soghanalian, 72, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for wire fraud, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend leniency in exchange for his testimony against other suspects. U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew ordered him to return June 4 for sentencing.