Briefs, December 8, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 December, 2012, 4:37am


Guatemala to deport McAfee back to Belize

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala has refused to grant asylum to the American anti-virus-software pioneer John McAfee and said he would be deported back to Belize to answer questions over his neighbour's murder. Shortly after learning his fate, McAfee, 67, was rushed to a police hospital from his jail cell in Guatemala City, with one lawyer saying he had suffered two mild heart attacks. He was later discharged and taken back to his cell. McAfee announced on Tuesday that he would be seeking political asylum and feared for his life in Belize. AFP


US citizen admits plot to attack army recruits

SEATTLE - A man accused of plotting to storm a military recruitment centre with machine guns and grenades in retaliation for US military conduct in Afghanistan has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, federal prosecutors said. Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 35, faces a prison term of 17 to 19 years when he is sentenced by a federal judge in March. Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Davis, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. His co-defendant, Walli Mujahidh, 33, pleaded guilty last December to conspiracy and weapons charges. The pair, both American citizens, were arrested in June last year. Reuters


Australian police seize HK$625m cocaine haul

SYDNEY - Cocaine shipped from Chile worth up to A$77 million (HK$625 million) has been seized by Australian police, the third global drug syndicate they have helped bust in as many weeks. The 135kg seizure came after a three-month Australian Federal Police investigation and led to the arrest of five men - three Australians, an Italian and a Mexican. Last month, Australian police seized 350kg of cocaine and methamphetamine with a street value of up to A$237 million. A further 200kg of cocaine, along with a badly decomposed body, were also found on board a shipwrecked vessel in Tonga last month. AFP


Bomb suspects held as Clinton visits N Ireland

BELFAST - Four suspected Irish Republican Army members are being interrogated by police in Northern Ireland over the discovery of a bomb in a car in Londonderry. Police intercepted the apparent bomb in transit hours ahead of yesterday's planned visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Belfast, 130 kilometres away. Clinton was expected to meet the Protestant and Catholic leaders of Northern Ireland's five-year-old unity government, the central achievement of the US-brokered Good Friday peace accord of 1998. Witnesses said a police vehicle rammed the IRA suspects' car, disabling it. Police said they arrested three men in the car and a fourth nearby. AP