Guinea accuses Spain of supporting coup

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23 September 2004 NEW YORK - Former Spanish colony Equatorial Guinea accused Spain Thursday of taking part in an attempted coup which led to the jailing of a British mercenary. Miguel Abia Biteo Borico, prime minister of the tiny, mineral-rich west African country accused Spain of taking part in the abortive coup, at a hearing of the UN in New York. He claimed the failed coup, which was led by British mercenary Simon Mann, was an attempt to overthrow president Teodoro Obiang and replace him with oppositio

23 September 2004
 
NEW YORK - Former Spanish colony Equatorial Guinea accused Spain Thursday of taking part in an attempted coup which led to the jailing of a British mercenary.
 
Miguel Abia Biteo Borico, prime minister of the tiny, mineral-rich west African country accused Spain of taking part in the abortive coup, at a hearing of the UN in New York.
 
He claimed the failed coup, which was led by British mercenary Simon Mann, was an attempt to overthrow president Teodoro Obiang and replace him with opposition leader Severo Moto, who is presently in exile living in Spain.
 
Borico said Spain supplied two naval boats and 500 marines to support the plot and bring Moto to Guinea.

Mann and 65 other mercenaries were arested in Zimbabwe. The Eton-educated former SAS trooper was jailed for even years after a trial in Harare earlier this year.

He admitted taking part in the plot to depose the dictator Obiang. 

The case caused an international scandal after the son of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was arrested in connection with the alleged plot. Mark Thatcher was released on bail in South Africa but cannot leave the country.

The Guinean prime minister claimed that his country was "seriously threatened" and called for help from the UN.

The Spanish diplomatic representative to the UN. Roman Oyazu said: "Spain will excercise the right to reply when we consider it opprtune." 

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