MARK 'IN ON COUP' PLOT.
A BRITISH mercenary told a court yesterday that Sir Mark Thatcher was part of the "management team...not just an investor" in the planned coup in Equatorial Guinea.
Former SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, www.sas.com) A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. officer Simon Mann claimed Baroness Thatcher's son "came on board completely" in the plot to depose To make a deposition; to give evidence in the shape of a deposition; to make statements that are written down and sworn to; to give testimony that is reduced to writing by a duly qualified officer and sworn to by the deponent. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Mann, 55, who faces 30 years in jail, also claimed the 2004 coup was backed by Spain and South Africa.
He is expected to be sentenced today in the West African state's capital Malabo.
Sir Mark, 54, has denied being part of the plot. He was accused of paying for a helicopter for the team but said he thought he was financing an air ambulance air ambulance Emergency medicine A helicopter or, less commonly, a fixed wing aircraft, used to evacuate a person who requires immediate medical attention that cannot be provided at his/her current location . He pleaded guilty to breaking South Africa's anti-mercenary laws and paid a fine of pounds 265,000.
EX-SAS OFFICER Mann