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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 09:32 AM
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Thatcher charged over coup plot
London Evening Standard
18 November 2004

Equatorial Guinea confirmed today it has charged Mark Thatcher, son of the former British prime minister, in an alleged coup plot in the oil-rich African nation.

Thatcher is accused of having helped finance the coup attempt, Attorney General Jose Olo Obono said.

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Trio to testify against Thatcher

Three South African mercenaries have pleaded guilty to charges and agreed to testify against Sir Mark Thatcher, who is accused of financing a coup.

They admitted involvement in a conspiracy to overthrow Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. .......

The three South Africans - Crause Steyl, Lourens Horn and Harry Carlse - were fined and received suspended sentences after admitting breaking South Africa's Foreign Military Assistance Act.

Lawyer Alwyn Griebenow told the AFP news agency: "We did indeed make a plea bargain with the state.
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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 09:48 AM
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1. From the Times:
Mercenary agrees to implicate Thatcher in failed African 'coup'
By Daniel McGrory

A SELF-CONFESSED mercenary has agreed to testify in court this month that Sir Mark Thatcher was a key figure in the alleged failed coup to topple an oil-rich West African government.

Crause Steyl, a pilot and businessman, says that he will tell how Sir Mark allegedly paid him 145,000 to buy a Boeing aircraft to fly the mercenary army into Equatorial Guinea. .....

His lawyer, Alwyn Griebenow, said: We did indeed make a plea bargain with the state. They do want us to testify and we said we would be willing to do that. We do not have a problem with that. .........

A detective squad investigating the plot refused to comment last night on claims that Steyl secretly tape-recorded some of his conversations with Sir Mark and others named in the alleged conspiracy.,,173-1363542,0...
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