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Mann locked up.

BRITISH mercenary Simon Mann put on a brave face after being handed a 34-year prison sentence for his part in an African coup plot.

Speaking about the verdict by a court in Equatorial Guinea, he said: "I'll just have to push it." Mann, left, was sentenced over a failed coup plot in Equatorial Guinea.

The former SAS officer, 55, was accused of masterminding an operation to oust President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Ely Calil, the millionaire accused of masterminding the plot, told a national newspaper he supported regime change in the west African nation, but said he backed "democratic change".

Mr Calil also said Sir Mark Thatcher, named in court as part of the plot's "management team", had "absolutely nothing" to do with a coup.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2008
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