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Intérprete do americano que apanhou Bubo na Tchuto violentamente agredido | Lusomonitor

por LUSOMONITOR em May 23, 2013 • 11:05 Sem Comentários

Russel Hanks, agente norte-americano em Bissau envolvido na montagem da operação que levou à detenção de Bubo na Tchuto, almirante guineense considerado um “barão” do narcotráfico pelos norte-americanos, fazia-se acompanhar por um intérprete guineense. Depois da detenção de na Tchuto e da partida de Hanks, Ensa Sanhá foi alvo de violenta agressão, noticia o Africa Monitor.

Guineense com bons conhecimentos da língua inglesa, que devido às suas funções de intérprete aparecia amiúde na companhia de Hanks nas ruas de Bissau, Ensa Sanhá foi alvo de violenta agressão nas imediações do Hotel Alif, adianta a mesma fonte.

Sanhá foi depois abandonado em estado inconsciente numa pedreira e mais tarde evacuado de urgência para Dacar, no vizinho Senegal. Segundo o Monitor, as indicações são de que os agressores tenham sido militares.

Hanks Deixou Bissau em vésperas do desencadeamento das operações de detenção de na Tchuto. Nominalmente representante oficial dos EUA em Bissau, era na verdade um experimentado oficial da DEA-Drug Enforcement Administration.

O governo guineense foi posteriormente implicado no narcotráfico pelos detidos pela DEA.

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Ditadura do Consenso: DEA – Indjai, we have a problem

Tudo indica que o CEMGFA António Indjai pode deixar o cargo que ocupa desde abril de 2009, em virtude da deposição de Zamora Induta, e exilar-se num dos quatro países da CEDEAO que reconhecem o regime golpista de Bissau. Com um mandado internacional emitido pela DEA/EUA, por acusação de ser responsável numero um na conspiração para planificar a introdução de drogas nos EUA, conspiração para venda de armas à organização terrorista (FARC), conspiração para adquirir e tranferir mísseis terra-ar, conspirar para atentar contra cidadãos americanos e conspiração narcoterrorista…os problemas do general António Indjai estão apenas a começar.

Um analista, em Bissau, contactado pelo DC, não confirma nem desmente uma hipotética saída do general que manda na Guiné-Bissau, mas diz que a intervenção de António Indjai, esta semana, na Assembleia Nacional Popular foi como que uma espécie de despedida forçada. Recorde-se que Antonio Indjai fez uma declaração no parlamento, dizendo que “o PAIGC não quer ir a eleições” e tem bloqueado tudo “porque tem dado ouvidos ao ex-Primeiro Ministro Carlos Gomes Júnior”, que é, ainda, o presidente do PAIGC.

A pressão norte-americana, a que se junta a frase “a força da CEDEAO é completamente ineficaz”, fez com que a organização sub regional começasse a mexer. António Indjai tornou-se numa autêntica dor de cabeça para os quatro países que suportam o golpe de Estado, que concordaram agora em descartá-lo. O motor de propulsão, no entanto, é a instalação, em Espanha, da força da AFRICOM, composta por 500 homens e oito meios aéreos (drones incluidos) “para intervir nos países africanos da África Ocidental”. É um sinal do que aí vem. Para além do CEMGFA, os EUA, através da DEA vão atrás de pelo menos cinco civis, todos guineenses, entre eles alguns políticos.

O caso Charles Taylor, ex-presidente da Libéria caído em desgraça, é o primeiro exemplo que me vem à cabeça quando me lembro do acossado António Indjai. Taylor, sentindo-se ‘protegido’ durante algum tempo, pensou que a Justiça o havia esquecido. Pura ilusão. Deixaram simplesmente que fosse abocanhado e acabou no Tribunal Penal Internacional, em Haia, onde foi acusado, julgado e condenado. Aliás, com a Interpol atrás e estando presente em quase todos os países do mundo, é apenas uma questão de tempo até caírem em cima do Indjai. AAS

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Ditadura do Consenso: E esta, Serifo?

Serifo Nhamadjo, ‘presidente da CEDEAO’ para a Guiné-Bissau, foi à Nigéria fazer queixinhas ao Presidente Godluck Johnatan de que o CEMGFA, António Indjai, não podia vê-lo nem com molho de ketchup. Este mandou chamar o Indjai e o acossado general fez a revelação: “Serifo Nhamadjo e Adja Satú Camará é que me instigaram a dar o golpe de Estado contra o Carlos Gomes Jr.”. Ou seja, Serifo Nhamadjo não voltará a Bissau – pelo menos enquanto Indjai for CEMGFA… AAS

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Guiné-Bissau: António Indjai poderá entregar-se às autoridades dos EUA | Jornal Digital

Bissau – O Porta-voz do Estado-maior General das Forças Armadas da Guiné-Bissau disse, este sábado, 20 de Abril, que se as investigações «confirmarem a implicação António Indjai no tráfico de droga para os EUA, o Chefe da Armada guineense irá apresentar-se à justiça como qualquer outro cidadão.

Em conferência de imprensa realizada este sábado, Daba Naualna, porta-voz do Estado-maior General das Forças Armadas, disse que uma eventual detenção do Chefe do Estado-maior General das Forças Armadas da Guiné-Bissau nunca acontecerá, como foi o caso de José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto.

«Nem quero imaginar sobre isso porque nunca acontecerá, a não ser que as investigações sejam feitas e confirmarem que ele esteve envolvido no tráfico de droga. Ele se apresentará à justiça como qualquer cidadão, agora, como foi o caso de Bubo, esperamos que isso não aconteça», disse Daba Naualna.

O responsável disse que as Forças Armadas estão dispostas a colaborarem com as autoridades americanas, se assim for o entendimento do Governo de transição, e adiantou que, até à data, as Forças Armadas não foram solicitadas em relação a este processo.

Interrogado sobre a participação do António Indjai na operação de tráfico de droga, Naualna disse que não confirma nem desmente estas acusações.

«Não confirmo nem desminto este assunto. Quem tem competência para este efeito são os tribunais», esclareceu Daba Naualna, e descreveu os sentimentos de António Indjai sobre as acusações de que está a ser alvo pelos EUA, dizendo que está frustrado, desesperado, agoniado e triste com tudo o que se fala sobre ele.

«Nenhum homem de bem ficaria tranquilo ouvindo o seu nome ser relacionado com a prática de crime, é muito natural que ele se encontre nesta situação por tudo quanto se fala, considerado um conspirador contra os EUA e, quem conspira contra EUA tem problemas sérios».

Este oficial das Forças Armadas considerou as acusações contra Indjai de uma «propaganda barata» que irrita os militares, sublinhando que António Indjai está a ser crucificado antes de ser jugado.

«Nós estamos a imolar a honra do General Indjai no altar da liberdade da imprensa», disse Daba Naualna.

Sem mencionar os nomes, Daba Naualna disse acreditar haver uma mão política invisível no caso, tendo denunciado a existência de barco que recentemente atracou e saiu no porto de Bissau, sem que alguém pronunciasse nada, além das drogas desaparecidas no tesouro público.

A ocasião serviu ainda para este responsável militar confirmar que José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto não foi capturado em águas internacionais.

Em relação à prestação da secreta americana na Guiné-Bissau que culminou com esta detenção, Daba Naualna explicou que um destes agentes se apresentou no Estado-maior General das Forças Armadas como empresário israelita, querendo investir no fornecimentos de fardamentos e viaturas aos militares, tendo a tal proposta sido, na altura, recebida com alguma prudência por António Indjai. Era uma armadilha para o levarem, como aconteceu com Bubo Na Tchuto.

«Os agentes americanos infiltraram-se como traficantes de droga e terão aliciado Bubo para participar em tudo e depois envolver Indjai, sabendo que, há algum tempo, os dois estavam de costas viradas», referiu o porta-voz das FA, pedindo mais investigações sérias e a captura das pessoas que vendem as armas, para que o autor não seja deixado de fora.

«O verdadeiro traficante de armas pode estar a rir agora dos esforços internacionais no combate à criminalidade organizada, porque se inventou traficante de arma quando o verdadeiro ficou impune em liberdade», declarou Daba Naualna.

De referir que, na altura em que decorria o encontro com a imprensa, o Chefe do Estado-maior General das Forças Armadas, António Indjai encontrava-se reunido com as Chefias do Estado-maior, para abordar os últimos acontecimentos sobre este caso, junto das instalações do Clube das Forças Armadas.

(c) PNN Portuguese News Network

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Ditadura do Consenso: Os EUA pediram a colaboração da CEDEAO para deter Indjai

Sábado, 20 de Abril de 2013. EXCLUSIVO-ÚLTIMA HORA: Os EUA, com aval da União Africana, pediram a colaboração da CEDEAO para a detenção imediata do CEMGFA António Indjai e do CEMFA Ibraima Papa Camara, acusados de quatro crimes. Tal acção seria concretizada pela ECOMIB, instaladas em Bissau. Avisaram que querem resultados dentro de uma semana, caso contrário entrariam eles mesmos em acção, através da AFRICOM, estacionadas na sub-região. “Dentro de duas horas e meia estaremos em território guineense” – avisaram os norte-americanos, sinal de que a força se encontra estacionada em Conacry. Hoje mesmo, o Governo do Senegal reuniu de emergência o seu Conselho de Defesa, para debruçar sobre o pedido dos EUA. AAS

via Ditadura do Consenso: EXCLUSIVO-ÚLTIMA HORA: Os EUA, com aval da União Africana, pediram a colaboração da CEDEAO para a detenção imediata do CEMGFA António Indjai e do CEMFA Ibraima Papa Camara, acusados de quatro crimes. Tal acção seria concretizada pela ECOMIB, instaladas em Bissau. Avisaram que querem resultados dentro de uma semana, caso contrário entrariam eles mesmos em acção, através da AFRICOM, estacionadas na sub-região. “Dentro de duas horas e meia estaremos em território guineense” – avisaram os norte-americanos, sinal de que a força se encontra estacionada em Conacry. Hoje mesmo, o Governo do Senegal reuniu de emergência o seu Conselho de Defesa, para debruçar sobre o pedido dos EUA. AAS.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Antonio Indjai, Chief Of The Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces, For Conspiring To Sell Surface-To-Air Missiles To A Foreign Terrorist Organization And Narco-Terrorism Conspiracy

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Antonio Indjai, Chief Of The Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces, For Conspiring To Sell Surface-To-Air Missiles To A Foreign Terrorist Organization And Narco-Terrorism Conspiracy.

U.S. v. Antonio Indjai S6 Indictment(PDF)

 

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Antonio Indjai, Chief Of The Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces, For Conspiring To Sell Surface-To-Air Missiles To A Foreign Terrorist Organization And Narco-Terrorism Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Indjai Also Charged With Providing Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Conspiring to Import Narcotics Into the United States

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michele M. Leonhart, the Administrator of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced today the unsealing of charges against ANTONIO INDJAI, the head of the Guinea-Bissau Armed Forces, for conspiring to provide aid to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia (the “FARC”), a South American paramilitary group long designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (“FTO”), by storing FARC-owned cocaine in West Africa; conspiring to sell weapons, including surface-to-air missiles to be used to protect FARC cocaine processing operations in Colombia against U.S. military forces; and conspiring to import narcotics into the United States; INDJAI has been the subject of a United Nations travel ban since May 2012 as a result of his alleged participation in the April 2012 coup d’état in Guinea-Bissau.

INDJAI’s co-conspirators Manuel Mamadi Mane and Saliu Sisse were apprehended in a West African Country on April 4, 2013, and thereafter transferred to the custody of the United States and transported to the Southern District of New York for prosecution. Co-conspirators Rafael Antonio Garavito-Garcia and Gustavo Perez-Garcia were apprehended in Colombia on April 5, pursuant to Interpol Red Notices, and remain in Colombia pending extradition to the United States. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As alleged, from his position atop the Guinea-Bissau military, Antonio Indjai conspired to use his power and authority to be a middleman and his country to be a way-station for people he believed to be terrorists and narco-traffickers so they could store, and ultimately transport narcotics to the United States, and procure surface-to-air missiles and other military-grade hardware to be used against United States troops. As with so many allegedly corrupt officials, he sold himself and use of his country for a price. The charges against Indjai, together with the recent arrests of his co-conspirators, have dismantled a network of alleged narco-terrorists, and once again showcased the extraordinary work of our DEA partners who, at great personal risk, travel across the globe to investigate and make arrests in these cases in order to protect the American people and American interests here and abroad.”

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said: “Today’s indictment reflects DEA’s commitment to securing our nation and protecting our citizens. These charges reveal how Indjai’s sprawling drug and terror regime threatened the national security not only of his own country, but of countries across the globe. As the head of Guinea-Bissau’s Armed Forces, Indjai had insider access to instruments of national power that made him an allegedly significant player in West Africa’s dangerous drug trade. Partnering with individuals he believed to be part of a terrorist organization like the FARC served to expand Indjai’s criminal activities and the damage he could cause. Due to our worldwide reach and unrelenting efforts, DEA and our partners took decisive action against this narco-terrorist and his network of facilitators.”

According to the Indictment against INDJAI that was unsealed today and previously unsealed Indictments against his co-conspirators:

INDJAI became the head of the Guinea-Bissau armed forces in June of 2010. Beginning in the summer of 2012, he and his co-defendants communicated with confidential sources (the “CSs”) working with the DEA who purported to be representatives and/or associates of the FARC. The communications occurred by telephone, over e-mail, and in a series of audio-recorded and videotaped meetings over several months in Guinea-Bissau.

During meetings in Guinea-Bissau beginning in June 2012, and continuing through at least mid-November 2012, INDJAI, Mane, Sisse, Garavito-Garcia, and Perez-Garcia agreed to receive and store multi-ton shipments of FARC-owned cocaine in Guinea-Bissau. The defendants agreed to receive the cocaine off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, and to store the cocaine in storage houses there pending its eventual shipment to the United States, where it would be sold for the financial benefit of the FARC. The defendants further agreed that a portion of the cocaine would be used to pay Guinea-Bissau government officials, including INDJAI, for providing safe passage for the cocaine through Guinea-Bissau.

Also during those meetings, INDJAI, Mane, Sisse, and Garavito-Garcia agreed to arrange to purchase weapons for the FARC, including surface-to-air missiles, by importing them into Guinea-Bissau for the nominal use of the Guinea-Bissau military when in fact they intended to provide the weapons to the FARC.

For example, on June 30, 2012, during a recorded meeting in Guinea-Bissau with the CSs, Mane, Sisse, and Garavito-Garcia agreed to assist in the distribution of FARC cocaine by facilitating its shipment to Guinea-Bissau inside loads of military uniforms, and by establishing a front company in Guinea-Bissau to export the cocaine to the United States. In addition, Mane agreed to assist in obtaining weapons for the FARC by arranging a meeting with INDJAI. On July 2, 2012, at a recorded meeting with the CSs in Guinea-Bissau, INDJAI agreed to facilitate the shipment of cocaine to the United States through Guinea-Bissau and to procure weapons for the FARC, including surface-to-air missiles, knowing that the weapons would be used to combat United States forces operating in Colombia. During a recorded meeting in Guinea-Bissau with Mane, Sisse, Garavito-Garcia, and Perez-Garcia on November 13, 2012, a Guinea-Bissau military official advised one of the CSs that INDJAI would be ready to execute the weapons transaction once the FARC brought money to Guinea-Bissau, and that the anti-aircraft missiles to be sold to the FARC could be used against United States helicopters operating in Colombia.

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INDJAI has been charged with one count of conspiracy to engage in narco-terrorism; one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing or intending that the cocaine would be imported into the United States; one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to an FTO; and one count of conspiracy to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles. Count One carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Count Two carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Count Three carries a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison. Count Four carries a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison.

The charges and investigation of these defendants were the result of the close cooperative efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the Special Operations Division and the Foreign-Deployed Advisory Support Team of the DEA, the DEA Lisbon Country Office, the DEA Bogota Country Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs.

This prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Aimee Hector and Glen Kopp are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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U.S. v. Antonio Indjai S6 Indictment(PDF)

 

U.S. Sting That Snared African Ex-Admiral Shines Light on Drug Trade | West African Drugs Commission

U.S. Sting That Snared African Ex-Admiral Shines Light on Drug Trade | West African Drugs Commission.

Published: The New York Times
By 
 José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto

José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto

DAKAR, Senegal — For months, they met in hotel rooms and at an army base in Guinea-Bissau, plotting the exchange of thousands of pounds of cocaine and an arsenal of weapons between South America and West Africa.

The plans involved high-ranking Guinea-Bissau military officers, present and former; drug traffickers; would-be Colombian guerrillasand, in the background, government officials of the tiny coastal country, a haven for narcotics smuggling.

The stakes were high. Millions in cash, guns and drugs were on the table, and a swaggering figure around town, the former chief of the Guinea-Bissau Navy, Rear Adm. José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto, was determined to claim his share: a cool $1 million for each 1,000 kilos of cocaine brought in under his front company. He would then store it in an underground bunker.

Mr. Na Tchuto did not know it, but some in the sweaty negotiations were Drug Enforcement Administrationoperatives. The trap had been set, and on Monday, the former admiral found himself in a Manhattan courtroom facingfederal drug trafficking charges, the culmination of elaborate American stings two weeks ago.

Mr. Na Tchuto — a veteran of his country’s war of liberation against Portugal in the 1960s and 1970s, which he joined at the age of 14 — was arrested by American agents on the high seas off West Africa on April 2, along with several other trafficking suspects.

The stings — a “very complex, very dangerous operation,” said Derek Maltz, special agent in charge of the D.E.A. special operations division — were the closing chapter of an American campaign in which Mr. Na Tchuto had been labeled a “drug kingpin” by the Treasury Department more than three years ago. At the end, the D.E.A. agents were “sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean, 30-40 hours, away from their families” to capture their prey, Mr. Maltz said.

The operations have also laid bare some of the inner workings of what has long been considered one of the world’s leading narco-states. Guinea-Bissau, an impoverished, tropical nation of 1.6 million, has a political history of nonstop coups and a seemingly endless array of coastal inlets and islands that have made it an ideal staging ground for Latin American cocaine bound for Europe.

Indeed, Mr. Na Tchuto told the operatives in August that times were quite propitious because of the weakness of the country’s government, installed with military backing after a coup a year ago, according to the indictments.

For much of the last decade, officials at the United Nations and elsewhere have suggested that the state itself, at its highest military and civilian levels, was implicated in the international narcotics trade. The stings go some way toward demonstrating it, for the first time.

The arrest of the former admiral appears to have shocked the authorities in the capital, Bissau. Last week, they dismissed the country’s top intelligence official, apparently for failing to spot the American operation unfolding under their noses over months.

“One can imagine that he was not able to provide information to his authorities about what was going on,” said the ambassador of the European Union in Bissau, Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay, explaining the dismissal. The union does not recognize the current government, which has stalled on promised elections.

In the federal court documents, officials are depicted as demanding a cut of the imported cocaine — 13 percent; signing off on fake shipments of military uniforms to conceal the drugs; discussing the cocaine-and-arms scheme at high levels; accepting an upfront payment of 20,000 euros from the operatives; and setting up a front company to store the cocaine.

The D.E.A. operatives posed as members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the rebel group designated a terrorist organization by the United States. They met with ranking members of the Bissau military to import thousands of kilos of cocaine into the country. The Guinea-Bissau government would then buy weapons on FARC’s behalf and ship them back on the same plane that had brought in the cocaine, the indictments say.

The key intermediary in that scheme was described in the indictments as a current “high-level official in the Guinea-Bissau military,” and identified simply as “Co-Conspirator 1.”

Last July, the D.E.A.’s operatives met with him at a “military facility in Guinea-Bissau,” where the military official “acknowledged that the weapons procurement plan would go through him and the Guinea-Bissau government.”

The military official then “agreed with the proposal to ship FARC cocaine to Guinea-Bissau for later distribution in the U.S. and to procure weapons for FARC,” and he “stated that he would discuss the plan with the president of Guinea-Bissau,” the indictments say.

A spokesman for the Guinea-Bissau president, Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, who took power last year after the military coup, has denied any involvement in the plot. For much of last year, the United States tried to work with Mr. Nhamadjo’s government, even as the D.E.A operatives were hatching their sting in the capital.

In August, one of the indicted traffickers, Manuel Mamadi Mane, “conveyed a request for military uniforms” — which would be used to hide the cocaine shipped into Bissau — “from the prime minister of Guinea-Bissau,” the indictments say.

Several months later, one of the D.E.A. operatives was shown “Guinea-Bissau government paperwork relating to the purchase of weapons,” which would have included surface-to-air missiles to shoot down American helicopters in Colombia.

The operatives who carried out the unusual stings are identified only as “confidential sources” in the indictments; no D.E.A. agents were in Bissau, said Mr. Maltz, the special agent. “It’s a narco-state,” he said. “There’s no way we would put any of our agents in Guinea-Bissau. It’s too risky.”

Mr. Maltz said there had “absolutely not” been any cooperation from the Guinea-Bissau authorities. But the arrests, particularly of Mr. Na Tchuto, may have shaken things up in Bissau.

“The era of impunity is over,” said Mr. Gonzalez-Ducay, the European Union ambassador.

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