Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Equatorial Guinea’s President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has granted a pardon to a 56-year old former British military officer and convicted coup-plotter Simon Mann. Mann (who received a 34-year sentence) and four others involved in the plot were granted clemency "on humanitarian grounds" despite their attempt to overthrow the government of one of Africa's most oil-rich nations. Mann, a British mercenary, was held for four years before trial. He was pardoned, however, along with Nicolaas du Toit, Sergio Cardoso, Jose Sundays and George Alerson, the ministry said in a Nov. 2 statement on its Web site. See story here and here.