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Zimbabwe Releases South African Pilots

Zimbabwe has released two South African pilots accused of transporting a planeload of mercenaries for a thwarted coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea.

A lawyer for the pilots says they were freed Saturday from a maximum security prison in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

The pilots were among dozens of men arrested in March 2004 after their chartered plane landed in Harare. The men told authorities they were en route to Congo to provide mine security, but they were accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea.

Most of the men were convicted in Zimbabwe on immigration charges and imprisoned.

Of the 64 alleged mercenaries, 62 returned to South Africa in May after serving a year in prison in Zimbabwe. Some of the men may face additional charges in South Africa.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AFP.