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Alleged Victor Bout accomplice, Richard Ammar Chichakli, arrested in Melbourne

Arms dealer’s associate arrested in Vic

An alleged associate of the world’s most notorious arms trafficker has been arrested in Australia after he tried to apply for a job as an armed guard with Victoria Police.   

Megan Neil – (AAP) -January 11, 2013 – Authorities are investigating whether Richard Ammar Chichakli entered Australia under an assumed identity.

The 53-year-old was arrested in Melbourne on Thursday for allegedly conspiring with a Russian arms dealer known as the “merchant of death” to buy two planes to ship weapons to conflict zones across the world.

He was identified after he applied to become a protective services officer (PSO) – armed guards who patrol railway stations, courts and Parliament House.

The man was found to be a person of interest through a routine background check and was not offered a job, a Victoria Police spokesman told AAP.

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