SA mer­ce­nar­ies home, says se­cu­rity ex­pert

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THE SOUTH African mer­ce­nar­ies jailed for their part in an Equa­to­rial Guinea coup plot have ar­rived home, a se­cu­rity ex­pert said yes­ter­day.

The men were re­leased on Tues­day af­ter be­ing par­doned by Pres­i­dent Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

“They are back in the coun­try,” said Henri Boshoff of the In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies.

“I don’t know where, and how. I just know they’re back.”

He said the men were prob­a­bly flown in on Thurs­day, and one could “make as­sump­tions” about how this hap­pened.

He said the Spe­cial Forces League, a pri­vate South African or­gan­i­sa­tion that looks af­ter the in­ter­ests of vet­er­ans, had been ar­rang­ing trans­port for the men.

How­ever the league was then told by the South African depart­ment of in­ter na­tional re­la­tions that it would or­gan­ise the repa­tri­a­tion. “Clearly the depart­ment made some ar­range­ment,” Boshoff said.

“It’s all very quiet. No­body knows any­thing, but they are back.”

Depart­ment spokes­woman Nom­fanelo Kota said yes­ter­day: “I’ve not been ad­vised that they’ve ar­rived.”

An em­bassy of­fi­cial in Mal­abo did not want to be quoted and re­ferred fur­ther queries to Kota.

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