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US Places $5m Bounty On Guinea-Bissau Coup Leader



Antonio Indjai

Antonio Indjai


A staggering $5 million bounty has been placed on the head of Guinea-Bissau’s former coup leader Antonio Indjai by the United States government.


He is wanted for alleged drug trafficking on behalf of Colombia’s FARC rebels, according to AFP.


Indjai, then army chief of staff, staged a coup in 2012 between rounds of presidential elections in the long unstable West African nation.


US prosecutors filed charges against Indjai in 2013, saying he had agreed to store tons of cocaine for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, with the money used to buy weapons for the rebels and also to pay off officials in Guinea-Bissau.

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“Indjai was seen as one of the most powerful destabilizing figures in Guinea-Bissau, operating freely throughout West Africa, using illegal proceeds to corrupt and destabilize other foreign governments and undermine the rule of law throughout the region,” a State Department statement said.


It offered the $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.


Indjai’s coup was followed by a democratic transition and he was removed as army chief in 2014.

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