The dictator of Equatorial Guinea, President Obiang, is launching an appeal in his case against the plotters of the failed mercenary coup attempt against him in 2004.
[Mark Thatcher’s] prospects of finding a refuge could be jeopardised if lawyers for President Obiang win the right to sue a number of UK-based businessmen whom he accuses of funding the gunmen who planned to assassinate him. President Obiang has reportedly drawn up a list of names of wealthy Britons who he alleges were involved in bankrolling the coup.
Among them is Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, the disgraced former Tory party deputy chairman, who, investigators claim, received a number of phone calls from the key financier of the coup attempt, planned for March 2004. (Sunday Times)
Many of those arrested in Zimbabwe in connection with the coup attempt have been released and are now facing a trial in South Africa.
Their trial has been set down for July 31 to August 4, August 7 to August 11, and August 21 to August 25.
Raymond Archer, Victor Dracula, Louis du Preez, Errol Harris, Mazanga Kashama, Neves Matias, Maitre Ruakuluka, Simon Witherspoon and Hendrik Jacobus Hamman are accused of contravening the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act. (iafrica.com)