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West Asia-Waiting Game

arrival. And though initial reports spoke of the mercenaries being 'arrested' and South Africa announced that it would deal 'sternly' with the hijackers, it has been roses, roses all the way for the group. Mike Hoare (of Congo ill-fame) and four others have merely been charged with 'kidnapping' and immediately released on bail; and the remaining 30 persons who fled Seychelles have been freed without even formal thinges being filed against them. And while the Seychelles government has demanded that the hijackers be returned to Seychelles to stand trial the Afrikaans newspaper Beeld (which had earlier proudly claimed that the coup attempt had been personally led by Mike Hoare who, it had reassured its Traders, had not suffered any injuries) has reported that the South African government would under no circumstances agree to the extradition of the mercenaries.

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