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67 Won't Face Coup Charges in Africa Plot, Zimbabwe Says

A lawyer for 67 men being held in Zimbabwe and accused of a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea said Wednesday that the men had been charged with conspiring to murder a foreign leader. But Zimbabwean prosecutors denied that, saying their country’s laws did not cover such an offense. The confusion over the charges was the latest twist in a bizarre case that began when a Boeing 727, its cabin lights darkened, landed at Harare’s international airport 10 days ago. Officials from Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea have accused the men aboard, mostly from southern Africa, of plotting to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea in exchange for oil rights and $1.8 million. By some accounts, the group stopped in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, to buy weapons from the state-owned Zimbabwe Defense Industries. Full Story

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