Iron Man,Wild Goose! Sounds like a finger up a tin man's backside,doesn't it?
November 8, 2009 9:44 PM Subscribe
Simon Mann, freed dog of war, is demanding justice. After more than five years in jail, the British mercenary is seeking vengeance on others he says were part of the failed 'Wonga Coup' – including Mark Thatcher. [previously]The plot itself is well documented – how in March 2004 Mann, Nick du Toit and three other South African mercenaries with wealthy international backers and the tacit approval of at least three governments, most notably the Spanish, attempted a coup which involved flying into the former Spanish colony in a plane loaded with arms and more than 50 black "Buffalo soldiers" – former members of the now disbanded South African defence forces' elite 32 battalion– to replace Obiang with an exiled opposition activist called Severo Moto.
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The prize was vast, untapped reserves of oil and natural gas that an American company had recently discovered in the tiny nation. In March 2004 the plane was intercepted by the Zimbabweans at Harare airport and a jubilant President Robert Mugabe threw Mann and his fellow conspirators into jail before handing them over to Equatorial Guinea where a court sentenced the Eton-educated mercenary to 34 years in jail.
[Mann and others imprisoned for five years in Equatorial Guinea] are "furious" at yesterday's indications by Scotland Yard that there is insufficiently strong evidence to further pursue Thatcher or Calil and at the lack of international political will.
, a small central African country and former colony of Spain, has a bloody post-colonial history. One dictator, Francisco Macías Nguema
, transformed Equatorial Guinea into the "Dachau of Africa
," and either drove out or killed two-thirds of the population, becoming known as one of the worst African dictators of all time
Equatorial Guinea's Bioko Island, besides serving as an isolated offshore hub for the country's oil industry
, is also famous as a refuge for the endangered baboon-like drill.