Skip to comments.'Coup leader:' I met Mark Thatcher
Posted on 08/25/2004 11:09:25 AM PDT by yonif
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (Reuters) -- A South African on trial for plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea said on Wednesday he had discussed a business deal last year with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's son, who has been arrested in South Africa.
Mark Thatcher was arrested on Wednesday at his home in a Cape Town suburb and later charged with involvement in the plot to oust the president of tiny Equatorial Guinea, sub-Saharan Africa's third biggest oil producer, and install an exiled opposition leader.
Defendant Nick du Toit said he was introduced to Thatcher in South Africa last year by Simon Mann, the leader of 70 men arrested in Zimbabwe in March suspected of being a group of mercenaries heading to Equatorial Guinea.
"That's correct. I can't remember the exact date but yes," said du Toit, when asked by a state prosecutor if he had met Thatcher in July. "I was introduced to Mr Mark Thatcher by Mr Simon Mann."
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What did Mark Thatcher get himself into?
The same thing that Mark Thatcher always gets himself into: trouble.
The man is, to coin a phrase, a cad. He deserves everything he gets. He's done nothing but trade off his mother's name, fail business venture after business venture and be rude and arrogant to everyone whose path he crosses.
In the case, as indeed with your own Ron Reagan Jnr, the apple fell a considerable distance from the tree.