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The government has admitted that the Army and UK civil servants helped market so-called "bomb detectors", which did not work, around the world.
Export of the "magic wand" detectors to Iraq and Afghanistan was banned on 27 January 2010 because of the threat they posed to British and allied troops.
The move followed a BBC Newsnight investigation showing they could not detect explosives - or anything else.
Now Newsnight has learned that they are still being sold around the globe.
It has been alleged that hundreds of Iraqis died in explosions in Baghdad after ADE651 detectors fa
BAGHDAD — Despite major bombings that have rattled the nation, and fears of rising violence as American troops withdraw, Iraq’s security forces have been relying on a device to detect bombs and weapons that the United States military and technical experts say is useless.
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In Mexico the Government of Colima bought one of these devices, paying more than $60,000. Also, as can be seen in the photography accompanying an article about GT200 published in newspaper La-Ch.com, where can be seen a Mexican soldier using an ADE 651. It is possible that the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) also bought some units.
According to a promotional website for the ADE 651, the device is also used by the Lebanese Army, the Chinese Police, the Royal Thai Police and the Interior Ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraqi Kurdistan. The website claims that the Jordanian government requires hotels to employ ADE 651 devices to scan vehicles entering underground car parks. ATSC's Jim McCormick says that 20 countries have acquired the device, with purchasers including "the Saudis, Indian police, a Belgian drug squad, a Hong Kong correctional facility and the Chittagong navy." The police in the Belgian municipal region of Geel-Laakdal-Meerhout use the device to detect drugs. Pakistan's Airport Security Force also uses the ADE 651 as a bomb detector at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.