Seychelles coup leader sentenced for air piracy
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Col. ''Mad Mike'' Hoare, famed leader of white mercenary operations in Africa for two decades, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for hijacking a jetliner to escape after a bungled coup in the Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles.
Supreme Court Judge Neville James gave Colonel Hoare, convicted of air piracy , two 10-year prison sentences to run concurrently. The judge also sentenced three of the colonel's men to five years in jail. Thirty-seven other mercenaries received sentences of between six months and 2 1/2 years.