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Ex-SAS coup plot man gets 34 years.

BRITISH mercenary Simon Mann was yesterday sentenced to 34 years and four months in jail over a failed coup plot in Equatorial Guinea.

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.

In 2005, Mark Thatcher, son of ex-PM Margaret Thatcher, was given a suspended sentence 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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Date:Jul 8, 2008
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