Wednesday, May 12, 2004

The BBC World News did a short story on the mercenaries that were arrested in Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe. While the report didn't clarify much about the intentions of the group of mercenaries, it did mention that a number of them were former black members of the South African army, apparently a notorious battalion that fought in the Bush Wars in the 70's and 80's. After the fall of the apartheid government, they were pretty much left out in the cold. Many of them live together in a poor community near the border with Botswana.

Here's a link to the BBC story...

There are also a number of related stories on the same page.

It's an odd, twisting story. The men will apparently be charged in Guinea and may face the death penalty. They U.S. intelligence services and MI6 have been accused of helping the plotters in Guinea, and it goes on from there.
There is the question, still of who owned the planes, of course.

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