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Wed Aug 25 05:00:47 MDT 2004
>From MSN News
Mark Thatcher arrested in coup probe
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African police have arrested the son of former
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on suspicion of involvement in a coup plot
in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, police sources say.
A spokesman for the FBI-style Scorpions unit said on Wednesday that "the son
of a prominent former British politician" had been arrested after a search
and seizure operation at a Cape Town residence.
Police sources said the suspect was Mark Thatcher, now a businessman who
maintains a home in Cape Town. He was expected to appear in court later on
Scorpions spokesman Makhonsini Nkosi said the arrest was part of a probe
into what officials say was a plot to topple President Teodoro Obiang Nguema
Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil
"We are investigating him on charges of contravening the Regulation of
Foreign Military Assistance Act. This is in relation to the possible funding
and logistical assistance in relation to the attempted coup in Equatorial
Guinea," Nkosi said.
British High Commission spokesman Nick Sheppard said the embassy was
checking reports of Thatcher's arrest. "If Mr. Thatcher has been arrested we
will offer him the normal consular assistance we offer to any British
national who is arrested in SA," he said.
Two groups of men, including a number of South Africans, are being tried in
courts in Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe on charges of acting as mercenaries
in connection with the plot.
Thatcher moved to Cape Town in 1996 from the United States, where he was
involved in several security-related businesses.
Local media have said that he is close to Simon Mann, the former British
special forces member regarded as the leader of the Zimbabwe group of
suspected mercenaries, who were arrested in March when their plane landed in
Harare on what officials said was a trip to join co-conspirators in
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