Ahhhh......we've always wanted to write a headline like that. This is, of course, the alleged attempt to seize control of the oil-rich African state of Equatorial Guinea, in which a number of wealthy London businessmen, including Sir Mark Thatcher, have been implicated.
Ex-SAS member Simon Mann, who is currently on trial for his alleged role in the coup, yesterday accused a London-based business tycoon of being the plot’s ringleader. Ely Calil, a 64 year-old Lebanese-Nigerian, was referred to as ‘The Cardinal’, Mr Mann claimed. Mann, an old Etonian, described himself as a mere “junior”, an operative who carried out orders for his elusive master. Come on, Simon, we know you were called ‘The Monk'.
Mr Calil resides in a
subterranean lair property on The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, and is said to have strong political connections in Africa. It is claimed that he was worth £100 million in 2004, a fortune he earned by trading military goods, oil and property.
This story is getting better by the minute. We don’t know if there is a God, but if there is, then he is seriously into Frederick Forsyth.
The trial continues.