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Mark Thatcher Admits Role in Africa Mercenary Plot

The son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pleaded guilty on Thursday to a role in a foiled mercenary plot in west Africa under a plea bargain to avoid prison.The Cape High Court agreed to a deal for Mark Thatcher to pay a fine of 3 million rand ($500,000) or face five years in jail in South Africa, in addition to a further 4-year prison sentence suspended for five years. Prosecutors said Thatcher was free to leave South Africa. “There is no price too high for me to pay to be reunited with my family and I am sure all of you who are husbands and fathers would agree with that,” Thatcher said on the steps of the court after the hearing.Full Story

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