Thursday, May 12, 2005


Zimbabwe to release 'mercenaries'.

Most of the alleged mercenaries are South African. Sixty men linked to an alleged coup plot in Equatorial Guinea are due to be deported from Zimbabwe to South Africa after more than a year in custody.
Defence lawyer Alwyn Griebenow said they would be taken by bus from Harare to Beit Bridge border crossing, where immigration officials will meet them. They are in good health apart from one with tuberculosis, he added. Coup charges against the men were not proven, but they were convicted of breaking Zimbabwe's immigration laws. They will be reunited with their families before facing possible charges in South Africa, their lawyer said.
The alleged ring-leader of the plot, Briton Simon Mann, and the two pilots of the plane, remain in prison in Zimbabwe on longer sentences.


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