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/ 30 March 2008

Mann fingers Thatcher in E Guinea plot

A British mercenary awaiting trial in Equatorial Guinea for leading a failed 2004 coup has said the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was involved in the plot, the public prosecutor said on Sunday. Jose Olo said former British special forces officer Simon Mann had testified that Mark Thatcher knew all about the scheme to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

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/ 29 March 2008

Thatcher shrugs off E Guinea’s bid to arrest him

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s son shrugged off Equatorial Guinea’s attempts to have him arrested for his alleged role in a plot to overthrow the country, according to a newspaper report on Saturday. The West African country has issued a warrant for Mark Thatcher’s arrest for his role in helping to finance and organise a coup plot.

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/ 12 March 2008

SA rejects Mann’s coup-plot allegations

South Africa on Wednesday rejected ”with contempt” claims by jailed British mercenary Simon Mann that it backed his plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea. ”South Africa is thrown in just out of the blue … he says he had a nod from us. I would like to know in what sense he had a nod,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said.

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/ 26 February 2008

Equatorial Guinea eyes quick trial for Mann

Simon Mann, the suspected British mastermind of a failed 2004 coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea, has yet to have any date set for his trial, the country’s defence minister said on Monday. ”There is no date fixed but, as we have already said, we want [the trial] to take place quickly,” Antonio Obama Ndong said.

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/ 13 February 2008

British diplomat visits Mann in E Guinea prison

A British diplomat on Tuesday paid a jail visit to Simon Mann, the suspected British mastermind of a failed 2004 coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea. The visit enabled David Harris to ”see for himself the quality of care Simon Mann has been receiving daily since his arrival” in Malabo, where he was imprisoned, the radio report said.

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/ 4 February 2008

Simon Mann ‘kidnapped’, says lawyer

A Briton alleged to be the mastermind behind a foiled coup in Equatorial Guinea has been ”kidnapped” and his legal team has lost contact with him, his lawyer said on Monday. Simon Mann was flown out of Zimbabwe, where he was in prison, early Thursday after being handed over to officials from Equatorial Guinea.