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Thatcher guilty of attempting to finance African coup plot

Sir Mark Thatcher today pleaded guilty to unwittingly helping to finance a foiled coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, in exchange for a fine and a suspended jail sentence.
Thatcher, the son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, will pay a 3 million rand (£266,000) fine in a deal that lets him leave South Africa to rejoin his family in the United States.

If he does not pay the fine, he faces a five-year prison sentence with a further four years suspended for five years, Judge Abe Motala said in the Cape High Court.

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