Plot thickens

A defence lawyer for two of the eight men allegedly involved in an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea hinted yesterday that the South African government might have given its permission for the attempt.

A defence lawyer for two of the eight men allegedly involved in an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea hinted yesterday that the South African government might have given its permission for the attempt.

State witness Johannes Smit, a security consultant, was being cross-examined in the Pretoria regional court.

Smit said he drew up two reports before the coup attempt in which he warned of its possibility.

He said it was "highly unlikely" that the South African government did not know about the possibility of a coup.

The eight men were among a group of 70 arrested at Harare Airport in 2004.

The charges relate to an alleged plot to topple dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema. - Sapa

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