Iraqi fury over ‘useless’ British bomb detectors

Riyadh Mohammed; 25/1/10

Fraud charges have been laid against a British supplier. IRAQI officials have reacted with anger to news that the director of a British company that supplies bomb detectors to Iraq has been arrested on fraud charges, and the export of the devices has been banned. ”This company not only caused grave and massive losses of funds, but it has caused grave and massive losses of the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians, by the hundreds and thousands, from attacks that we thought we were immune to because we have this device,” said Ammar Tuma, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defence committee. But the Ministry of the Interior has not withdrawn the devices from service, and police continue to use them at checkpoints throughout Baghdad.