Maggie Thatcher’s son Mark appears to be in big trouble:
South African police arrested Mark Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, early Wednesday on allegations he was involved in a plot to overthrow the government of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, police said.
Thatcher, 51, was taken into custody during a raid on his home in the upscale Cape Town suburb of Constantia shortly after 7 a.m. by police armed with search warrants. He was expected to be charged with violation of the Foreign Military Assistance Act, police spokesman Sipho Ngwema said.
“We have evidence, credible evidence, and information that he was involved in the attempted coup,” said Ngwema. “We refuse that South Africa be a springboard for coups in Africa and elsewhere.”
Investigators searched his records and computers for evidence. They accused Thatcher of helping to finance a plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea, which authorities claimed was foiled in March.
“We believe Mr. Thatcher assisted in finance and logistics,” Ngwema said
Equatorial Guinea has alleged that Thatcher, along with British and South African oil broker Eli Calil and other foreigners helped fund the alleged coup attempt. Lawyers for Thatcher and Calil deny the allegation.
At the trial in Equatorial Guinea, a lawyer representing the government said that the country would be interested in extraditing Thatcher.
Equatorial Guinea, Africa’s No. 3 oil producer, has taken steps toward issuing an international arrest warrant for Thatcher, an official said on condition of anonymity, but no such arrest warrant has been announced.