Mugabe swaps Simon Mann for Oil Supplies?

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    After being spirited away illegally under Zimbabwe and International law from the notorious maximum security Chikurubi Prison last week rumours are abound as to Simon Mann's whereabouts. Read about what his alledged associates are having to deal with here along with his most likely destination. I'll post it's exact location here when I find it. ( using photos of the old black beach prison and satellite imagery available online it should be possible ) If anybody has up to date satellite or aircraft imagery of Malabo and the surrounding countryside please post using comments below. Lets put it in the public domain. (updated 12.3.08 : This would be my location confirmed by recent footage of it.)

    More from the Daily Mail on Black Beach Prison and the sort of treatment those opposed to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo can expect.

    7.02.08

    Simon Mann has been visited by US officials in Malabo, on the island of Bioko, Equitorial Guinea. Daily Telegraph storie here. No UK officials allowed to visit yet. (Since oil exploration is dominated by US companies and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema and family have several multi-million dollar properties and business interests in the USA, it's in the regime's interests to keep them sweet!)

    Zimbabwe Guardian story with first pictures. Simon Mann has been paraded around on Malabo TV.

    I wonder if President Mugabe will be helping other nations with their extradition requests now. How about the extradition requests for Ethiopia's Marxist ex-ruler, Mengistu Haile Mariam, found guilty of genocide after a 12-year trial in Ethiopia. After overthrowing the Emperor Haile Selassie, thousands of suspected opponents were rounded up and executed and their bodies tossed on the streets.

    I would hazard a guess that genocide in another country far out does the purchasing of arms illegaly.

    Interestingly the arms were being supplied by ZDI a Zimbabwean government controlled arms company! The arms were intented to be handed over in the Congo but they didn't show so Mann and his men were forced to form 'Plan B' which meant they had to land at Harare for their weapons. BAD CALL They'd been setup!!

    12.02.08

    Simon Mann visited by British official in Malabo prison.

    15.02.08

    Story of a woman recently detained in Black Beach Prison without charge and placed in a cell with 70-100 men. (Amnesty International)

    17.02.08

    The Independent run an article on how people are quick to make judgements on Simon Mann's plight. He's not the first privateer to have the UK government deny knowledge of or complicity with and he won't be the last given the far more politically acceptable use of private contractors in achieving political goals overseas these days.

    1.3.08

    Finally a decent bit of exposure in The Mail on Sunday's newspaper about his story. It seems he's been interviewed by Channel4 News. How is it that a reporter can get to see him when his own lawyer hasn't been allowed to see him? The Daily Mail has an article online stating he's been allowed legal representation by a Malabo lawyer. Also, that things could be cooling as regards what could happen to him after. Lawyers in the UK are still drawing attention to remarks made in the past by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as to what he would do to Mann.

    19.03.08

    Wsws.org's Ann Talbot has the best article I've read so far telling the story as I've seen it. You must read this if you want to get a better understanding of the Simon Mann story. He's been given a month to sort his defence ready for a court chase in Malabo, Eguitorial Guinea. Lets hope it goes his way.

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    1. higheredresearch 74 months ago | reply

      I have posted a satellite image of the Location of Black Beach prison here: www.flickr.com/photos/thx1138ga/2316314269/

      Also don't forget to sign the online petition here: www.freesimonmann.com/Welcome.html

      All the best.

    2. Podknox 74 months ago | reply

      Thanks MI6 ;-)

      This was the area I've been looking. The only thing I haven't been able to do is match any buildings in this area with photos I have of the old Black Beach Prison buildings and buildings on the street around it I have. The pictures I have just didn't seem to match any roads around here from the higher res googlemaps imagery available. A 1 metre resolution would be enough, although I'm aware the old prison was demolished and a new prison complex was built on the location. Looking at news reports it looks like the injunction against channel4 from showing Simon being interveiwed has been lifted. I can only assume that speaking to his family members has reassured his wife and lawyers back in London that it's something he needs to do to improve his situation. He's been well and truly stuffed by a few people. We'll have to wait and see if his interveiw gets broadcast this week.

      News of interveiw broadcast

    3. higheredresearch 74 months ago | reply

      The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
      Still Current at: 6 March 2008
      Updated: 21 January 2008
      "There are unconfirmed reports that a group of militants may be planning an attack in or around Malabo. No specific information exists at this time regarding when or where any attack may take place. We advise keeping a low profile and restricting movements only to necessary trips."

    4. Podknox 74 months ago | reply

      Very interesting. Depends where the reports came from really. A good cover story giving a reason for government forces to beef up security around the whole area maybe or to just keep Brits away.

      US State Department's last advisory for Eguitorial Guinea

      Not much about the risk on the Malabo US Embassy site either.

    5. higheredresearch 74 months ago | reply

      Hello Podnox,

      Did you see this ?

      Tuesday March 11 2008
      "Channel 4 News will this evening air an interview with Simon Mann"
      www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/11/channel4.television?...

      I am not in the UK at the moment, so I will not be able to see it. No doubt it will all be in tomorrows newspapers, but I would be very interested to hear your views if you see/saw it.

      It's always good to get individuals opinions.

      All the best.

    6. Podknox 74 months ago | reply

      Missed the broadcast but found it online click here and you should get a player window open. You need a fast connection to get the best quality.

      Good to hear stuff from the horse's mouth. Hopefully the Equitorial Guinea government will see this as an opertunity to show the World how it's changed since all of this began. See what happens in the next week with his hearing.

      He's a tough cookie and luckily has a robust sense of humour which will stand him well with his jailers hopefully. We must not forget that there are many other members of the alleged plot that have been there since 2004 and some have already died in captivity in Malabo.

      There is one message to those who want to help him in this interview though. A good starting point could be here.

      Cheers.

    7. Podknox 74 months ago | reply

      Found a story about 8 South African mercenaries who were recently aquitted of involvement in the alledged coup attempt.

      "A South African court dismissed the charges after a trial in which their lawyers had argued that the South African government had given tacit approval for the coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea, Africa's third-largest oil producer."

      Interesting after Simon stated in his interview that he had the full backing of the South African government to "Go" as well. This week the South African government denied this? Who's right the South African courts or the governent? I know which would stand up in a court of law ;-)

    8. Podknox 67 months ago | reply

      International Relations and Security Network site Zurich has an article with an evolution of the events and meetings leading up to the alledged coup attempt.

      http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Security-Watch/Detail/?lng=en&coguid=0C54E3B3-1E9C-BE1E-2C24-A6A8C7060233&id=91745

    9. Podknox 54 months ago | reply

      Good news.... Simon Mann gets a pardon on humanitarian grounds from the Equatorial Gunea government www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/e...

    10. Podknox 54 months ago | reply

      Simon Mann, freed dog of war, is demanding justice... and hires bodyguards... www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/nov/08/simon-mann-mark-thatche...

    11. Podknox 54 months ago | reply

      The Foreign Office warns Simon Mann to "Keep Quiet"... www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/foreign-offic

    12. Ex-Zurueck 47 months ago | reply

      Nice Konzept sehr interessant.

      Ex-zurueck.com

    13. Podknox 32 months ago | reply

      Satellite imagery updated since this all happened... it shows the new buildings now...

      The new imagery doesn't match the earlier stuff I put out online...

      Image capture from video report filmed without permission near Black Beach

      www.flickr.com/photos/wapster/2330635367/

      Malabo Harbour Photo Oct 2001

      www.flickr.com/photos/wapster/2336172202/in/photostream/

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