The government of Equatorial Guinea has asked South Africa to extradite Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who is under house arrest for his alleged role in a coup plot against Equatorial Guinea.
A lawyer for the government, Lucie Bourthoumieu, said in Malabo today that Equatorial Guinea had “strong hopes” of achieving the extradition.
South African authorities arrested Sir Mark at his home in Cape Town on Wednesday in connection with the alleged foiled coup plot in the oil-rich West African nation which still carries out death penalties for serious crimes.
Equatorial Guinea accuses Thatcher and others of being prime financiers of the alleged plot.
“South Africa is co-operating, and they are willing to fight furiously against all mercenaryism and terrorism,” Bourthoumieu said.
She said partnership in the African Union and civil conventions should make the extradition between the two countries possible.
A total of 89 men are on trial in Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe in connection with the alleged coup conspiracy. Another defendant in the case, a German man, died in custody here after what Amnesty International said was torture.