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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Mark Thatcher Faces Charges in Coup Plot

In case you didn't notice, ex British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's son Mark is in trouble:
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea - Equatorial Guinea has decided to seek the extradition of Mark Thatcher, son of the former British prime minister, for trial in an alleged coup plot in the isolated, oil-rich central African nation, a legal official close to the government said Tuesday.

Prosecutors have added Thatcher and seven others to the list of those charged in the alleged March takeover plot, legal officials said.

Thatcher, a 51-year-old businessman, is now under arrest in South Africa in connection with the alleged plot.

"It's not a question of being tried in absentia," a legal official close to Attorney General Jose Olo Obono said, speaking by telephone to The Associated Press in Senegal on condition of anonymity. The intention is "to invite him to come along," the official said.

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