Britain under pressure over coup plotters

The Times today has a story suggesting Sir Mark Thatcher may be planning to move to Switzerland when he returns from South Africa where he is facing questioning over last year’s failed coup in Equatorial Guinea.

The real meat of the article though is this:

Britain has been warned that UK companies could lose £1 billion of contracts in Equatorial Guinea’s fledgeling oil industry unless it helps to investigate the coup plotters.

A legal team from Equatorial Guinea is in a Guernsey court this week trying to gain access to offshore bank accounts of the coup leader, the former SAS officer Simon Mann, which they believe will reveal the identities of UK businessmen and companies who funded the coup attempt in March last year.

Disgraced Tory peer Lord Archer is among those accused of paying £75,000 into Mann’s account.






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