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'Plotters' say they targeted Taylor

A BAND of suspected mercenaries accused in Zimbabwe of planning a coup to topple the leader of Equatorial Guinea are to claim their mission was to bring the exiled Liberian president, Charles Taylor, to justice. Zimbabwe has charged 70 men, led by a former British SAS officer, Simon Mann, with conspiracy to overthrow the president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. All have been held in Harare since their plane was impounded there on 7 March. A further 15 men have been detained in Equatorial Guinea in connection with the alleged plot. But a South African newspaper yesterday said the plan, which it claimed was put together by a British military company, Northbridge Services Group, was to capture Taylor and bring him from his exile in Nigeria. Full Story

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