Alleged coup plotters sentenced in Zimbabwe

A group of 67 mercenaries accused of planning a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea were sentenced Friday by a Zimbabwean court, with the group's leader, a former UK military officer, receiving a seven-year sentence. The majority of the group received one-year sentences for immigration violations after they were acquitted of connection to the coup plot. Simon Mann, who led the alleged plot, was sentenced for weapons charges. Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has also been implicated in the plot, allegedly providing funding for the plan. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the trial. BBC News has more.

 

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