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Baghdad Bombing ignites Demand for Better Security

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Baghdad’s residents are demanding beefed-up security measures and an international investigation into the gruesome July 3 bombing that rocked Baghdad’s busy Karrada district, killing almost 300 people and injuring 200 more. The death toll […]

Abadi Orders Police to Stop using Fake Bomb Detectors

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reportedly ordered the removal of ‘ADE651‘ fake bomb detectors from checkpoints, as the death toll from Saturday’s bombings in Baghdad rose to at least 147. According to a report from The Telegraph, he also asked the interior ministry to launch a new investigation into “corrupt deals” […]

Bomb Detector Conman ordered to pay back £8m

By John Lee. A British conman who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other countries has been ordered to pay back nearly £8 million of his ill gotten gains, according to a report from the Daily Mail. James McCormick, who lived a life of luxury by ripping off customers, was jailed for 10 years […]

Fake Bomb Detectors still Endanger Iraqis

By Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In 2007, the Iraqi Interior Ministry imported 7,000 ADE651 bomb detectors in a deal with British businessman James McCormick. Though widely used at Iraqi checkpoints, these devices have not helped stop the bombings in Baghdad […]

Money from Fake Bomb Detectors Repatriated

By John Lee. Iraq’s Commission of Integrity has reportedly repatriated five billion Iraqi dinars [$4.3 million] that were smuggled to Lebanon. According to Aswat al Iraq, the money, in addition to some real estate investments, were illegally obtained by British businessman James (Jim) McCormick, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Britain for […]

Fake Bomb Detectors ‘Still Used in Iraq’

By John Lee. Fake bomb detectors are reportedly still being used in Iraq, months after British conman James McCormick was jailed for selling them. The former policeman is thought to have made £50 million from selling devices, based on a novelty £13 golf ball finder, to Iraq and other countries. Sentencing him to 10 years in […]

Maliki Insists some Fake Bomb Detectors Work

The Iraqi Prime Minister reportedly insisted on Monday that some of the fake bomb detectors Iraq bought are actually functional, despite overwhelming evidence that none of them work. According to AFP, Nouri al-Maliki told reporters: “The best device in the world does not detect (explosives) more than 60 percent (of the time)… and results we […]

Conman Jailed for Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

The conman who made $84 million selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other countries has been jailed for ten years by a court in the UK. Passing sentence on Jim McCormick, Judge Richard Hone said: “The device was useless, the profits outrageous and your culpability as a fraudster has to be placed in the […]

Zero Tolerance for Corruption

By Padraig O’Hannelly. Before the local elections, an art student climbed the tallest building in central Baghdad and hung a banner depicting a giant eye, with the caption “We can see you“, overlooking the Green Zone. It’s an image that should be in the minds of all who consider bribery to be a perk of […]

$84m from Fake Bomb Detector Scam

A British businessman has been found guilty of an $84-million fraud involving the sale of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other countries. A jury found Jim McCormick guilty on three counts of fraud over the scam, which involved passing off novelty golfball finders, containing no functioning electronics, as bomb detectors. They “ADE651” detectors were […]

UK Men Charged with Selling Fake Bomb Detectors to Iraq

By John Lee. British Police have charged six people over the sale of allegedly fake bomb detection equipment to foreign countries, including Iraq. James McCormick, 55, who has been charged with six counts of fraud, was the director of British-based security company ATSC that sold explosive-detecting devices, according to Reuters. The ATSC website says its […]

Iraqi Official Charged in Bomb Detector Scandal

Iraqi authorities have arrested a high-ranking police official in connection with the purchase of a bomb detector that the British government says does not work, officials said on Thursday. Reuters reports that Iraq spent about £75 million [$120m] on the devices, which are widely used by police and soldiers at security checkpoints and were meant […]