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 obtained indicate that these devices detect from 20 to 50 percent ... Some of the devices were real and were detecting [explosives]."
He added that security forces are moving more to the use of police dogs because they are better able to detect explosives.
The devices were sold by ATSC, run by James McCormick, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Britain for fraud. They contain nothing that could be used in the detection of explosives.