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Vol 49 No 7

Published 28th March 2008

Equatorial Guinea

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The sacked director of South Africa's National Intelligence Agency, Billy Masetlha, is at the centre of fresh claims about the agency's collusion with plotters against Equatorial Guinea's government. Like his close ally Jacob Zuma, Masetlha was also sacked by President Thabo Mbeki. Africa Confidential has seen copies of an affidavit written by a senior African National Congress official and businessman claiming that Masetlha was paid Euro 252,000 in January 2004 to lobby the Pretoria government to support a plan by British ex-Special Air Services officer Simon Mann and others to overthrow Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang.

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