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Ex-SAS coup plot man gets 34 years.



BRITISH mercenary Simon Mann
For other people called Simon Mann, see Simon Mann (disambiguation)


Simon Mann (B. 26 June 1952) is a security expert, mercenary and former British Army officer, and South African citizen presently facing extradition to Equatorial Guinea, against
 was yesterday sentenced to 34 years and four months in jail over a failed coup plot in Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea (gĭn`ē), officially Republic of Equatorial Guinea, republic (2005 est. pop. 536,000), 10,830 sq mi (28,051 sq km), W central Africa. .

The ex-SAS officer was accused of masterminding an operation to oust president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Prosecutors had requested a sentence of 33 years.

But judge CarlosMangue said in his ruling that the Old Etonian had failed to show "an attitude of regret".

Mann, 55, has admitted taking part in an attempt to topple the government. However, his lawyer had argued that Mann was a secondary player.

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, was given a suspended sentence A sentence given after the formal conviction of a crime that the convicted person is not required to serve.

In criminal cases a trial judge has the ability to suspend the sentence of a convicted person.
 in South Africa over the funding of Mann's operation.

Since being secretly extradited from Zimbabwe in February, Mann has been held in notorious Black Beach prison in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.

Earlier this year, he joked from his cell: "You go tiger shooting but you don't expect the tiger to win".

He was arrested with around 70 other people, mostly ex-soldiers, in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, in March 2004.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 8, 2008
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