America's Drug Enforcement Agency played a crucial role in a sting operation on drug traffickers (photo:dpa)

Drug trafficking at the heart of Guinea-Bissau’s military and politics

One year on from a military coup and Guinea-Bissau appears no closer to free and fair elections despite the promises. But the arrest of the country’s former naval chief could be the catalyst for change. Admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto’s arrest by United States drugs enforcement officers on charges of drug trafficking could lead to revelations of who is behind a drugs network linking Latin America, the US and Europe to the funding of terrorist organisations.

GUINEA-BISSAU remains locked in a vicious circle of poverty, political instability, human rights violations and unpunished drug trafficking one year after a state coup ousted the democratically-elected government of Carlos Go...

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The detention of former Navy chief of staff, Admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, by American drug squad officers, could turn the tide. This was an unprecedented arrest with the potential to change the course of events in Guinea-Bissau
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