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Equatorial Guinea Asks for Death for Two Coup Plotters


Equatorial Guinea has resumed a trial against 19 alleged coup plotters, with the government asking for the death penalty against two key suspects.

Attorney General Jose Olo Obono requested the death sentence against opposition leader Severo Moto, who lives in Spain and is being tried in absentia.

He also said South African Nick du Toit should be put to death for his alleged role in the plot to remove President Teodoro Obiang from power and install Mr. Moto.

Prosecutors asked for jail sentences of between 26 and 102 years for other suspects on trial.

Equatorial Guinean officials say Mr. du Toit has admitted to playing a minor role in the coup plot, which involved dozens of alleged mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.