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Thatcher 'guilty plea' over coup
January 12, 2005
Sir Mark Thatcher is to plead guilty over his part in an alleged coup plot in Equatorial Guinea, reports say.

The son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is accused of helping to finance an alleged coup.

He is reported to have agreed to a plea bargain and will make an unscheduled appearance at a South African court.

He will plead guilty to being negligent in investing in an aircraft said to have been used by alleged coup plotters, a BBC correspondent said.

The businessman had previously denied being involved in a plan to topple the government of Equatorial Guinea.

Sir Mark was arrested in August at his home in South Africa and released after a bail payment of 167,000 ($314,000) was made.

A BBC correspondent says Sir Mark is expected to receive a suspended sentence and a fine of hundreds of thousands of dollars.


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