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Mark Thatcher Denied US Visa After Coup Trial


Mark Thatcher says he has been denied a visa to enter the United States, following his conviction in South Africa for aiding a failed coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea.

The son of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher said he had hoped to travel to Texas to visit his children and wife, a native of the southern U.S. state.

As a result of the U.S. visa decision, Mr. Thatcher says he will make his family home in Europe and wait for his family to join him.

A spokesman for Mr. Thatcher says he may reapply for a U.S. visa in two years.

Mr. Thatcher has been living in London since he agreed to plea guilty and pay more than $500,000 at the coup trial in January.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.

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