Dismiss Notice
You are browsing this site as a guest. It takes 2 minutes to CREATE AN ACCOUNT and less than 1 minute to LOGIN

Coup plotter Simon Mann pardoned by Equatorial Guinea - MNT!!!

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Steve Dii, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

    #1
    Nov 3, 2009
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Messages: 6,414
    Likes Received: 40
    Trophy Points: 145
    MNT = "Miafrika Ndivyo Tulivyo" by Nyani Ngabu, aka Julius!


    Coup plotter Simon Mann pardoned by Equatorial Guinea

    Simon Mann, the former SAS officer jailed for 34 years for plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea, has been pardoned on health grounds.

    [​IMG]
    News of the mercenary's impending release from prison in the tiny, oil-rich West African country, where he has been imprisoned for 18 months, was posted on the website of Equatorial Guinea's Ministry of Information this morning.

    “The pardon was allowed for by presidential decree and granted on humanitarian grounds,” the statement said, citing Mann’s need for medical treatment and to be with his family.

    It added that Mann, 57, had "shown sufficient and credible signs of repentance and a desire to take his place in society”.

    A decree was read on national radio in Equatorial Guinea this morning saying that a “total amnesty” had been granted to Mann.

    Mann must leave Equatorial Guinea within 24 hours and is banned from returning to the country, it said.

    Nick Du Toit, a South African arms dealer who was sentenced to 34 years for his part in the plot, was also pardoned today. Three others are understood to have been granted clemency.

    The Foreign Office said that it was aware of the reports and was trying to clarify them, although it was "an issue for the Equatorial Guinea authorities at this stage".

    Mann, an Old Etonian and heir to a brewery fortune, led a group of more than 60 mainly South African mercenaries that in March 2004 was planning to seize control of the state, replacing President Teodoro Obiang Nguema with Severo Moto, an opposition leader living in exile in Madrid.

    The plot gained notoriety for allegedly involving Sir Mark Thatcher, the son of former prime minister Baroness Thatcher, and being bankrolled by Eli Calil, a reclusive London tycoon.

    In a separate trial in South Africa, Sir Mark was given a suspended sentence in relation to the funding of Mann’s operation, though he continued to deny any knowledge of the plot.

    Mann's share of the spoils if the plotters had got their hands on Equatorial Guinea's oil wealth was to have been a $15 million (£9 million) success fee plus lucrative security contracts.

    The coup failed before it got off the ground, however, when Mann and his soldiers of fortune were arrested at Harare airport in Zimbabwe on their way to Equatorial Guinea.

    Mann spent four years in Zimbabwe's notorious Chikurubi jail before being extradited to stand trial in Equatorial Guinea in January last year.

    He was placed on remand in Black Beach prison, which has a reputation just as fearsome as Chikurubi's, prompting his wife and seven children to voice fears that he would die in custody.

    But when the case came to court, the tables were turned. Rumours abounded that Mann had cut a deal with Mr Obiang for an early pardon as it became clear that he was co-operating with the prosecution case.

    Mann pleaded guilty and implicated Sir Mark, insisting that he was part of the "management team" and not an unwitting financier as Sir Mark had alleged. He also pointed the finger at Mr Calil, who he said was the frontman for a shadowy group of powerful figures who were still determined to seize control of the state. He also said that the governments of Spain and South Africa had sanctioned the plot.

    He even went so far as to say he was happy that the coup had failed because he now realised that Equatorial Guinea was a pleasant place and that he had been well treated in Black Beach prison.

    In a show of toughness, the judge sentenced Mann to 34 years and four months, two more than the 32 years that the prosecution had asked for.

    But with news of Mann's release now public, it appears that Mr Obiang has honoured a private promise that Mann's actual sentence would be lenient.


    Source: The Times.
     
  2. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

    #2
    Nov 3, 2009
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Messages: 6,414
    Likes Received: 40
    Trophy Points: 145
    Btw, nasikia Thambo mbeki yuko mbioni kuelekea huko Equatorial Guinea, kwani nchi inataka kutoa tangazo maalum kwa ulimwengu. Sijui tangazo hilo litakuwa nini...
     
  3. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

    #3
    Nov 3, 2009
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Messages: 14,702
    Likes Received: 15
    Trophy Points: 0
    Hapa naona kama kila mhusika ataachiliwa huru tu. Kama they let Mark
    Thatcher go,then its only fair wengine wote kupewa uhuru wao.
     
  4. Richard

    Richard JF-Expert Member

    #4
    Nov 3, 2009
    Joined: Oct 23, 2006
    Messages: 6,834
    Likes Received: 2,337
    Trophy Points: 280
    Anatarajiwa kurudi Uingereza baadae wiki hii na hali yake kiafya si nzuri. Bwana Mann anatakiwa awe ameondoka nchini humo ndani ya masaa 24 jambo ambalo si gumu kwani tayari mkewe na dada na kaka yake wapo nchini humo wakiwa na ndege ya kukodi.

    Bwana Simon Mann alifungwa katika gereza moja lililopo katika wilaya ya Malabo, gereza ambalo ni baya kuliko magereza yote nchini humo na lipo kandoni mwa bahari ya Atlantic.

    Alietuhumiwa kuwa ndie alikuwa bosi wao bwana Mark Tharcher kwa sasa anaishi kusini mwa Spain akijificha.

    Habari za kuwepo deal kati ya maofisa wa ubalozi wa EG nchini Uingereza na familia ya bwana Mann zilizagaa zaidi ya miezi miwili iliopita ambapo inasemekana kwamba kulikuwa na kikao katika hoteli maarufu ya Ritz yenye nyota tano ambayo ipo karibu na ubalozi wa Equtorial Guinea katika mtaa wa Piccadilly.

    Kikao hicho kilikuwa ni kati ya maofisa wa ubalozi huo na familia hiyo ili kumshauri raisi Obiang amsamehe bwna Simon Mann. Mkewe Amanda alijitahidi kuficha jambo hili lakini ikashindikana.

    Kwa hio ukiangalia sana hapo utaona chembechembe za ufisadi kwamba zimetanda kwenye hili jambo.
     
  5. Ndahani

    Ndahani JF-Expert Member

    #5
    Nov 3, 2009
    Joined: Jun 3, 2008
    Messages: 11,536
    Likes Received: 128
    Trophy Points: 160
    Ndo uzuri wa kuwa mfungwa hatari ndani ya nchi za Afrika.Tunatabia ya kuwaheshimu hawa criminals sana maana tunawaita wawekezaji, kwasababu wakati upande huu wanaharibu kwa vita na uporaji, upande mwingine wanakuja na kampuni zenye kubeba nembo za uwekezaji.Ili kung'amua ghiriba zao inataka watu wenye uzalendo na uwezo mkubwa wa kuamua.
     
  6. m

    mwanamasala JF-Expert Member

    #6
    Nov 3, 2009
    Joined: Jun 20, 2009
    Messages: 248
    Likes Received: 0
    Trophy Points: 0
    Equtorial Guinea inatoa mafuta mengi,nafikiri ni nchi ya tatu Afrika.
    Lakini wananchi wake ni poor,wakati rais wao ni dikteta na family yake ni very rich.

    Angekuwa ana akili nzuri,nchi yake ingekuwa kama Abu Dhabi,UAE etc.
    Hapa hatuwezi kumlaumu mzungu!
     
Loading...