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Vol 54 No 8

Published 12th April 2013

Guinea Bissau

Admiral of the white

In a sting operation off the coast of Cape Verde on 2 April, United States agents arrested the former head of the Navy, Vice-Admiral José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto, and other Guinea Bissauans, for agreeing to provide arms in return for cocaine. The captives were whisked to New York for trial. On 4 April, gunfire and troop movements in Bissau led to speculation that the arrests might have sparked a new struggle between army factions for control of Guinea Bissau’s drug business.

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