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WORLD HOT SPOTS => Media Watch => Topic started by: Ayinde on January 12, 2005, 03:04:51 PM

Title: Is Mark Thatcher getting off lightly?
Post by: Ayinde on January 12, 2005, 03:04:51 PM
Mark Thatcher to plead guilty to funding E. Guinea coup plot: report

Mark Thatcher, the son of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, will plead guilty to charges of funding an attempted coup plot in Equatorial Guinea.

A source quoted by Britain's Press Association said the 51-year-old Briton would agree in court to pay a fine of approximately three million South African rand (roughly 380,000 euros, 505,000 dollars), and plead guilty to a charge of contravening Section Two of the regulations of South Africa's Foreign Military Assistance Act.

If he failed to pay, he could face a five-year jail term, the source said.

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Title: Re: Is Mark Thatcher getting off lightly?
Post by: Tyehimba on January 13, 2005, 01:16:28 PM
Thatcher Quits South Africa after Deal Saves Him from Prison

Sir Mark Thatcher was flying out of South Africa tonight to be reunited with his wife and children after a plea bargain deal saved him from prison.

The son of the former prime minister pleaded guilty in a Cape Town court to unwittingly helping bankroll a botched coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, in exchange for a £265,000 fine, a suspended jail sentence and the right to rejoin his family in the United States.

The bizarre plot drew mercenaries from elite British schools into an attempt to overthrow a dictator with reported cannibalistic tendencies in Africa’s third-largest oil producer.

Mark Thatcher admitted in the Cape High Court that he paid £146,000 in two instalments last year to charter an Alouette III helicopter that was to be used in the takeover attempt. But he said in court documents that he was told it would be used for commercial purposes.

Thatcher acknowledged in the documents that he began to suspect the helicopter would be used for military reasons before he made the payments, although he said it never actually left southern Africa.

Thatcher has until January 17 to pay the fine or face a five year prison sentence with a further four years suspended for five years.

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Title: Re: Is Mark Thatcher getting off lightly?
Post by: Africanprince on January 13, 2005, 07:47:22 PM
He's getting off way too lightly, a person with intentions of overthrowing a government should not be allowed to walk free after paying a fine. The guy is rich I don't think he'll have a hard time getting that money.

They need to put his ass in jail for atleast 5 years minimum.