UK businessman found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq | UK news | guardian.co.uk
How could someone think this was the thing to do? Honestly, one would hope that after he serves his inevitable prison term for this (maximum is 10 years I think) that Iraq seek to extradite him charges involving the deaths of anyone killed by bombers who bypassed his "detectors".A Somerset businessman has been found guilty of a multimillion pound fraud involving the sale of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and around the world.
A jury at the Old Bailey found Jim McCormick, 57, from near Taunton, guilty on three counts of fraud over a scam that included the sale of £55m of devices based on a novelty golfball finder to Iraq. They were installed at checkpoints in Baghdad through which car bombs and suicide bombers passed killing hundreds of civilians.
It is now alleged by an Iraqi whistleblower that McCormick paid millions of pounds in bribes to senior Iraqis to secure the deals. Inspector general Aqil al-Turehi of the Iraqi interior ministry has told a BBC Newsnight investigation: "This gang of Jim McCormick and the Iraqis working with him killed my people in cold blood."