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Files show convicted arms dealer's Libyan ties

Records found in Gadhafi regime intelligence files reveal Russian arms dealer's connections By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Records found in Moammar Gadhafi's former intelligence headquarters in Tripoli show that British officials apparently warned the Libyan regime in 2003 about its dealings with Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout (boot).

The documents indicate Bout was trying to expand his operations in Libya. They add new intrigue to questions of whether he played a role in the Gadhafi regime's rush to bolster weapons caches before it was ousted last month.

The U.S. and allied governments have sent teams of weapons specialists into Libya to look for Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and other munitions. Arms experts say learning more about where the weapons came from would aid in knowing what to look for and assessing their threat.

Bout was convicted last week in New York on federal conspiracy charges.

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