[Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe mercenaries' claim abuse

edited April 2004 in Gaming


  • edited December 1969
    HARARE - Zimbabwe will investigate allegations by some of the 70 suspected mercenaries detained for allegedly plotting a coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea that they were beaten in a Harare prison, a state-run daily said.

    Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa was quoted by the Herald newspaper as saying that the prison guards who allegedly beat the 18 prisoners and doused them with water could face disciplinary measures.

    The ministry would "investigate the circumstances of the alleged assaults with a view to bringing disciplinary charges, if warranted, against the prison officers identified by the mercenaries to have allegedly carried out the assaults," Chinamasa was quoted as saying.

    A group of 67 suspected mercenaries were arrested on March 7 on a plane at Harare International Airport, and another three men were detained when they came to meet them at the airport.

    All 70 were allegedly on their way to Equatorial Guinea to topple President Obiang Nguema.

    They have been linked to 15 supposed putchists jailed in the tiny oil-rich country on Africa's western coast, of whom one has died of cerebral malaria, according to authorities in Malabo.

    The 70 men being held at a maximum security prison in Harare, mostly from Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, claim they were hired in South Africa by JFPI Corporation to be security guards at a diamond mine in Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    They face several charges, including possession of dangerous weapons and breaching Zimbabwe's firearms and immigration laws. State lawyers say they could be jailed for life if found guilty.

  • edited December 1969
    Who's publishing this Zimbabwe game again? [nt]

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