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Vol 49 No 4

Published 15th February 2008

Equatorial Guinea

From Chikurubi to Blackbeach

Simon Mann, former Special Air Service officer and mercenary, was extradited on 1 February from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea, where he is to face charges of coup plotting in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2004. Government lawyers in Harare insist due process was followed - but Mann's lawyers say he was extradited in the dead of night without the opportunity to lodge an appeal. Other sources have described a tense stand-off at a military airbase before Mann left for Equatorial Guinea.

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