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Monday, July 07, 2008


This is coolbert: Simon.

"Mann sentenced for E Guinea plot"

Here is an English bloke who is in deep doo-doo.

Doo-doo = shit/crap/merde'!

Simon Mann. British special operations veteran and "mercenary who has found himself, at age 56, in a situation for which their is no possible good outcome.

"Simon Mann (born 26 June 1952) is a security expert, mercenary and former British Army officer, and South African citizen extradited to Equatorial Guinea on 1 February 2008, against which he is accused of leading a failed coup d'etat".

NOW, has not only been extradited but has been convicted and sentenced to a very long prison term that is tantamount to a death sentence.

"On July 7, 2008 Mann was jailed for 34 years and four months in prison by a court in Equatorial Guinea."

"Former British soldier Simon Mann has been sentenced to 34 years and four months in jail by an Equatorial Guinea court for his role in a 2004 coup plot."

Equatorial Guinea. A very small country on the west coast of Africa. A nation awash in oil wealth. Ruled for decades by a despotic and cruel dictator, a man ruling with an iron hand.

It was the desire - - of various parties - - including the son [Mark] of Lady Thatcher, to overthrow the dictator and put a more benevolent regime in power?

Mercenaries - - led by Simon Mann, would accomplish the task, with a minimum of fuss and effort? A plan that backfired with harsh consequences for the "mercs"!

Mann is the archetype commander of what are referred to as "white companies". Quasi-military private concerns that do dirty work others are unable or unwilling to do.

Mann has been associated with "mercenary" concerns such as:

* Sandline International . . . a private military company

* Executive Outcomes . . . a private military company

The current international law governing mercenaries is harsh and unforgiving:

Under Article 47 of Protocol I (Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts) it is stated in the first sentence 'A mercenary shall not have the right to be a combatant or a prisoner of war.'"

Mann is going to need a lot of help to survive, be released, repatriated, whatever!! A man his age with such a sentence in front of him, being held prisoner under the regime of the despot, has almost nothing going in his favor! To obtain release, some very high folks in some very high places are going to have to pay some very big bribes to the right persons, including the dictator!! Simon is from the upper class in England and has friends in the right places? Sure hope so, for his sake!

Simon needs help, and NOW!!




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