Bissau head charged in weapons plot

2013-04-18 21:58

Dakar - The US department of justice has accused Guinea-Bissau's top military official, General Antonio Indjai, of plotting to traffic cocaine to the United States and sell weapons to Colombian rebels, according to court documents seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The indictment filed in New York's Southern District Court, charges Indjai with four counts, including narco-terrorism conspiracy, conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, cocaine importation conspiracy, and conspiracy to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles.

Guinea-Bissau's military has long been accused of involvement in narcotics trafficking, using its mangrove-lined offshore islands as cover against the region's notoriously weak law enforcement.