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Mark Thatcher Agrees Bargain in Coup Case

Mark Thatcher, who denies funding a foiled coup in Africa, has agreed a plea bargain with a South African court in return for a lighter sentence, a family source said on Wednesday. Mark Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was arrested in August on charges of backing an attempt to overthrow oil-rich Equatorial Guinea’s government. “It is true that there is a hearing in the High Court tomorrow (Thursday). A plea bargain has been agreed between the state and him (Thatcher),” the source told Reuters, asking not to be identified. “If the court accepts the plea bargain, he’ll pay a 3 million rand ($501,700) fine,” the source added. Full Story

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