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Vol 45 No 17

Published 27th August 2004

Equatorial Guinea

New twist

The 25 August raid by South Africa's 'Scorpion' police squad on the Cape Town house of Mark Thatcher, son of British ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, follows a private meeting last week with officials in Pretoria about his alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo's regime in Equatorial Guinea. Africa Confidential understands that Thatcher discussed his links to a South African-registered company, Triple A Aviation, and former military officer Crause Steyl, whose brother Neil Steyl has been detained in Zimbabwe since March on suspicion of involvement in the plot. A Thatcher-associate says that Triple A Aviation had a contract with Logo Limited, one of many companies which lawyers for the Malabo government have linked to the alleged plot against Obiang.

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