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Video: Frustration Mounts with Faulty Bomb-Detectors

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Authorities installed bomb-detecting equipment after more than 320 people were killed in July in Baghdad’s Shia-Christian area of Karada.

But residents say security measures aren’t working and bombings continue to rock the neighbourhood.

Checkpoints are also stifling business.

Frustration is growing among residents at the failure by Iraqi security forces to halt attacks.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports:

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 is expected to rise further, as people are still missing. The bombing was the deadliest in Iraq since 2003, when US-led forces ousted Saddam Hussein.

The Karrada retail hub was packed with shoppers preparing for Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bombing sparked public outrage, and citizens attacked the convoy of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who visited the scene a few hours after the explosion to examine the impact of the bombing and check on the victims. Abadi pronounced three days of mourning and said he understood the citizens’ distress.

The Karrada bombing had political repercussions. Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghabban resigned July 5 due to disorganization and “lack of coordination” among the security forces. Abadi accepted the resignation, according to information leaked from the Cabinet.

Several security officials in Karrada were also dismissed in an attempt to calm the citizens who were demanding accountability from officials, including the chief of the Karrada regiment, who was referred for investigation in the wake of the blast.

Abadi also ordered that pending execution verdicts for convicts be carried out to appease the angry public. The day after the blast, five convicts were executed. The Iraqi people constantly criticize the government for delaying the execution of terrorism convicts, many of whom have escaped and are currently counted among the prominent leaders of IS.

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” to buy the fake bomb detectors, which are still in use in Iraq three years after British conman James McCormick was jailed for selling them.

McCormick was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2013 for selling 6,000 fake detectors to Iraq for as much as £27,000 each.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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 in 2013 after being found guilty of three counts of fraud.

The ADE651 detectors sold by his company, ATSC, contained nothing that could be used in the detection of explosives.

A court heard his total criminal gains were more than £21 million, but he now had assets worth £7,944,834, which was ordered to be paid.

Under the victims compensation order, Iraq was awarded £2.3 million.

(Source: Daily Mail)

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 and many Iraqi provinces that have caused massive destruction and casualties. According to a report published by Alsumaria TV Dec. 31, 2014 saw a high level of bloodshed, with most casualties in Iraq being caused by car bombs.

The devices have a movable antenna installed on the plastic handle. The antenna is supposed to point in the direction of items containing explosives. However, seven years of use have shown that it does not. The antenna actually points out other unexpected items, such as perfumes, dental fillings and household detergents.

In a Jan. 23 telephone interview with Al-Monitor, Radio Demozy’s director Ibrahim al-Saadi said that many baffling issues have been noted in the device. Whenever the antenna points at people, the security officers at checkpoints ask them weird questions such as whether they are carrying perfumes, or whether they were visiting a dentist. The device seems to randomly point to anything, leading some Iraqis to rename it the “detector of dental fillings,” Saadi said.

In its program “Talk of the Town,” Radio Demozy has dedicated episodes to discussing the bomb detectors, airing statements from officials on the matter.

In 2013, McCormick was sentenced in Britain to 10 years in prison for exporting these devices to several countries — including Iraq, the largest importer. The court found that the devices gave these countries a false sense of security and caused the deaths of large numbers of people.

The BBC published a report on Dec. 22, 2010, documenting the ineffectiveness of these devices, based on an experiment conducted by a British laboratory. The report revealed that the device had also been examined in the United States and was shown to malfunction. In 2013, another television show, Al-Baghdadia’s “Studio at 9,” also addressed the bomb detectors.

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 fraud.

The ADE651 detectors sold by his company, ATSC, contain nothing that could be used in the detection of explosives.

(Source: Aswat al Iraq)