Ex SAS soldier who shared a prison cell with Wicknell Chivayo : I attempted to overthrow a government

A former SAS soldier who turned mercenary after he tried to overthrow the President of Equitorial Guinea, has spoken to 5 live about his unsuccessful coup.

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He was arrested in Harare, on his way to Equatorial Guinea, which ended his coup on the African country.

Simon Mann was sentenced to almost 35 years in a Zimbabwe prison, he was then transferred to a prison in Equatorial Guinea.

After five years he was released, when he was offered a plea bargain which involved him giving information about other people involved in the plot.

He told Daily’s Adrian Chiles that he was arrested at a request from the South African government.

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“They had a change of heart, I still don’t know what happened and why.”