The British mercenary Simon Mann has been freed from jail in Equatorial Guinea, government officials in the west African state told the Guardian. The Old Etonian mercenary, who was serving a 34-year sentence for his involvement in a 2004 coup attempt, was met by his brother and sister outside the notorious Black Beach prison in the capital, Malabo, according to the head of the supreme court, José Olo Obono. "He has left the jail and is with his brother and sister," Olo Obono said. According to an eyewitness at Black Beach: "He was very emotional. There were diplomats waiting for him and speeches were made. Mr Mann said that he was very grateful to the president of the country for the pardon he had been given. "He said that he was happy that the coup had not worked out in the end."
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A government spokesman, Federico Abaga, said that a committee representing several ministries had gone to the prison this morning to arrange the release...More