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Jail for Briton who sold fake bomb detectors to Iraq

The judge said James McCormick had no sense of remorse. Photo: AFP

A fraudster who sold more than £55 million (HK$664 million) worth of fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other security hot spots has been jailed for 10 years at the Old Bailey court in London. Jim McCormick, 57, was found guilty of three counts of fraud over the sale of bogus explosive and drug detection devices for as much as £10,000 each, when they were based on £15 novelty golf ball finders.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 1:35am

Talking points

Kan Tai-keung

China Guardian Auctions, a mainland auction house specialising in Chinese artwork, will hold a two-day Spring Auction Sale Series of ceramics, painting and calligraphy including Hong Kong ink paintings at the Island Shangri-La in Central.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Danger lurks underfoot

Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) pose a huge threat to Cambodians.

When a group of Hong Kong students checked out demining activities on a field trip, they saw the risks taken by workers who clear the deadly explosives every day.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Total ban

The Chinese people and their government have recently protested Japanese failure to detoxify abandoned chemical weapons dating back to World War II.

23 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Beijing urged to sign pact

Oxfam Hong Kong yesterday called on the mainland, a leading manufacturer of land mines, to accede to the Mines Ban Treaty immediately.

The 1997 treaty became international law on March 1 last year but Beijing has yet to sign it.

2 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Landmines may still lie near border

LANDMINES planted in the New Territories border area during 1967 riots could still be there, the Sunday Morning Post has discovered.

30 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Minefield tragedy 'concealed'

A GROUP of former police officers who suffered horrific injuries when they walked into an unmarked minefield in the New Territories 32 years ago are demanding compensation from the British Army.

The men were stationed in the sensitive border area during the 1967 communist riots when they went into a minefield near the Pak Fa Shan police post.

23 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Usual hypocritical silence?

Isn't it strange that all is quiet on the Beijing front, now that the mass graves of Slobodan Milosevic's ethnic cleansing are beginning to be uncovered? Add to that the landmines and unexploded artillery shells which will maim and kill hundreds of innocents over many years and take decades to clear.

3 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Slavishly adhering to outworn tactics

American citizens in Hong Kong should feel a sense of shame and revulsion on reading the headline, 'Clinton insists US must keep landmines' (South China Morning Post, November 25).

28 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Vietnam's endless war

Although the Vietnam War ended 22 years ago, its deadly legacy continues to maim and kill innocent Vietnamese.

A tragic example of this occurred last April.

Seven Thai and Kho Muu minority children were killed in the village of Chieu Luu, in Nghe An province near the Laos border, as they rushed from their classroom after lessons.

27 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

The need to follow the Nobel lead

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its leader Jody Williams is, as the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has put it, 'a victory for every child and mother and for all vulnerable societies'.

12 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Hollow victory for mine ban campaigners as US opts out

US President Bill Clinton last night announced new efforts to eradicate the scourge of landmines even as he risked international condemnation for failing to sign the Oslo agreement banning the devices.

In a bid to deflect criticism for opting out of the treaty, Mr Clinton ordered the Pentagon to study new anti-personnel technologies to replace mines.

18 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Fitting tribute

No one did more to raise awareness about the horrors of landmines than Princess Diana. Organisers of the Oslo conference aimed at banning these terrible weapons have lost their most powerful advocate, but it is doubtful if even she could have helped the world to realise such an obviously-desirable goal.

2 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Policy smacks of hypocrisy

There is curious ambivalence - some would call it hypocrisy - in the international community's attitude to landmines. On the one hand everyone accepts they are a brutal and unnecessarily indiscriminate weapon which remains a threat to human lives long after the troops that laid them have departed. Everyone accepts that a weapon which kills 20,000 people a year should be banned eventually.

20 May 1996 - 12:00am

Mine ban policy carries a catch

Out with the old, in with the new - that appears to be the effect of the British Government's much-lauded change of policy this week to rid itself of one of the scourges of Asia, anti-personnel mines.

27 Apr 1996 - 12:00am