Guinea-Bissau army chief charged

AFP-JIJI

In a widening plot involving the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, the United States on Thursday charged its coup leader with drug trafficking and seeking to sell arms to Colombian rebels.

Former army chief Antonio Indjai, the nation’s top military leader, was accused of four counts of conspiring to sell surface-to-air missiles to FARC rebels to shoot down U.S. patrol helicopters and of seeking to import huge amounts of cocaine into the United States.

The charges were unveiled by Manhattan prosecutors less than two weeks after similar trafficking accusations were brought against Guinea-Bissau’s former navy chief and four others arrested for an alleged trans-Atlantic plot.

Two other co-conspirators have been caught in Colombia and are awaiting extradition to the United States.