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Zimbabwe Coup Suspects Granted Right to Appeal Sentences


Zimbabwe's High Court has ruled that 64 suspected mercenaries may appeal their jail terms on convictions related to a coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

A court judge, Chenembiri Bhunu, granted their petition to appeal to Zimbabwe's Supreme Court. No date has been set.

The 64 men, mostly South Africans, were convicted in September on minor immigration and aviation charges. Sentences ranged from 12 to 16 months in prison.

They were among 70 men arrested last March when their plane landed in Harare. Zimbabwe accused the group of involvement in a plot to oust the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The defendants denied the charges, insisting they were headed to Congo to guard mining installations.

Last month, a court in Equatorial Guinea handed down stiff prison sentences to some 24 suspects convicted of involvement in the foiled plot.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.