Friday, April 09, 2004

Zimbabwe/Equatorial Guinea: mercenaries allege abuse

Eight of the 70 alleged mercenaries claim they were assaulted by prison guards and had water poured over them after their recent appearance in court. And check this out ... "The alleged mercenaries have apparently made arrangements for food parcels to be sent to them from South Africa."

Equatorial Guinea interior minister Manuel Nguema Mba visited Zim on Wednesday. He wanted to talk to the 70 detainees but they refused to speak to him without their lawyer. Mba also said that that Nick du Toit, the man allegedly in charge of the 15 mercenaries arrested in Equatorial Guinea, has told investigators "everything". According to Mba, du Toit confessed that the mission was to kill President Obiang Nguema and his entire family.