SIMON MANN – THE MERCENARY – Part 1/2 | London Real


SIMON MANN – THE MERCENARY – Part 1/2 | London Real
Simon Francis Mann (born 26 June 1952) is a British mercenary and former British Army officer. He served part of a 34-year prison sentence in Equatorial Guinea for his role in a failed coup d’état in 2004, before receiving a presidential pardon on humanitarian grounds on 2 November 2009.

Mann was extradited from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea on 1 February 2008, having been accused of planning a coup d’état to overthrow the government by leading a mercenary force into the capital Malabo in an effort to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Charges in South Africa of aiding a coup in a foreign country were dropped on 23 February 2007, but the charges remained in Equatorial Guinea, where he had been convicted in absentia in November 2004. He lost an extradition hearing to Equatorial Guinea after serving three years of a four-year prison sentence in Zimbabwe for the same crimes and being released early on good behaviour.

Upon Mann’s arrival in Equatorial Guinea for his trial in Malabo, public Prosecutor Jose Olo Obono said that Mann would face three charges – crimes against the head of state, crimes against the government, and crimes against the peace and independence of the state. On 7 July 2008, he was sentenced to 34 years and four months in prison by a Malabo court. He was released on 2 November 2009, on humanitarian grounds.

00:00 Trailer.
02:08 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:13 Brian’s introduction.
06:56 An amazing period in Simon Mann’s’ life, satisfying and great fun.
08:33 Executive Outcomes role in the civil war in Angola against UNITA.
16:08 What the term mercenary means to Simon.
23:38 Thoughts on Erik Prince’s proposal to privatise the military force in Afghanistan.
25:26 Simon’s involvement in both the Angola and Sierra Leone wars.
32:05 The United Nations were useless in both Angola and Sierra Leone.
33:57 US & UK governments ordered them home when their task was almost complete.
35:25 Diamond mining in Sierra Leone and the film Blood Diamond.
36:25 What Simon did and where he went after the two wars.
39:25 Stratagem for doing business in Africa.
42:28 How an old Etonian become an SAS officer and then an ex mercenary diamond mine executive.
46:57 No good memories of his first SAS term of active duty in Northern Ireland.
50:08 When you look at any soldier you have to look at his military childhood.
55:41 A move to South Africa with different interests, but Executive Outcomes ceases after S.A. FMA.
57:43 Supplying arms to Sierra Leone and the resulting scandal, then Papua New Guinea issue.
59:29 Simon advises against British involvement in Iraq invasion.
1:08:36 Why Simon chose a military career.
1:11:30 The networking value of being an old Etonian.
1:13:38 Simon leads the 2003 Equatorial New Guinea coup amid a story of convoluted world politics.
1:36:46 Simon’s arrest, mock execution and torture by Zimbabwean forces
1:42:13 Pushing time in Chikurubi Prison, Zimbabwe
1:53:21 Feared rendition to Equatorial New Guinea.
2:11:52 A story stranger than fiction.
2:22:31 How the years in prison affected Simon and his family after his release.
2:27:37 Does Simon have any regrets for the decisions he took.
2:29:02 Life for Simon now.
2:32:29 How the British public perceives him now.
2:34:17 What does Simon hope his obituary will say.
2:35:13 Simon still has an adventure in mind.
2:37:43 Simon’s opinion of what people should consider about possible future use of PMCs.
2:42:27 Phone call to the 20 year old Simon Mann.
2:44:26 Advice to the 20 year old listening across the world who wants to be in the army.
2:45:45 Best advice ever received.
2:47:40 Brian’s summing up.

Show Notes:
Simon Mann on Wikipedia

Simon Mann Books:
Cry Havoc

People mentioned in this episode:
Tony Buckingham
Erik Prince
Eeben Barlow
Robert Friedland
Beny Steinmetz
Charles Beckwith
Sir Lachlan MacLean, 12th Baronet,_12th_Baronet
Tim Spicer
David Hart
Richard Perle
Tony Blair
Mark Thatcher




  1. London Real is going down the shitter…. this is very poor… no-one likes a man who cant pwonounce his 'r' pwopewly…. you should have told Simon to blog that shit because not one of us gives a solitary fuck about him, his life story or his poxy fucking family… good day sir

  2. When it comes to saving the lives of civilians – the state doesn't negotiate with terrorists. But when it comes to anything of interest to the Government – of course they negotiate with terrorists. And sometimes it's even the same club.

  3. This interviewer is TERRIBLE. He keeps saying "okay, okay". How about being silent, we don't need to hear from you. You have not done, nor will ever do, anything remotely as bold as this man, so just conduct the interview and don't interject, we aren't here to listen to you. If there are periods of silence, it's FINE, let the man express himself as he wishes. You are not Sebastian Junger, you don't have any street cred, so shut up and just ask the questions.

  4. If private companies where alowed to clean the worlds shitholes on behalf of legitimate goverments
    this would be a better place.But its UNfotunate that we have the UNcompetant mercenaries instead.
    Straightforward honest man.

  5. That lad has a warped sense of morality. He mustn't have known that those Angolans he thought were so right drove UNITA back to war by killing over 40 000 of them in a three day post-election massacre. But he's right, the 'formerly communist' government of Angola that was paying him (a lot more than they ever paid the Cubans) and his mercs, won.

  6. We never negotiate with terrorists. Unless the central bank has something to gain – in which case we'll send a gift basket and a pallet of money. But other than that no negotiating…

  7. Clicked on this looking forward to a documentary about mercenaries but switched of after a few minutes of watching some wanky pyramid scheme salesman type sucking his own dick…

  8. You talk about him as if he is an important man ….!!!!!!
    he's not, he's a cunt …. he terrorizes others for money…. he sow's the seeds of death & destruction ….!!!!!
    Flash tunes & slick camera angles will never make his shit shine …..!!!!!

  9. Lots of bullshit here … spot the MI6 operation … run by none other than Mesrs Buckingham & Mann, the latter whom would not be alive today if he did not have such credentials.

  10. Sadly you can convict someone in a court of public opinion whether their actions are right/wrong at the time though on reflection it could be a consideration of it being wrong/right as past tense of the actions in question….

    Sadly when you got the Lawyers in control you play a very different policing actions in regards to U.N./U.S.A./U.K. policy of what has to be done at the time…

    so much SO that the U.N's as a Military force no matter their nationality are nothing but a police type force with little to no guidelines of physical capacity…

    I think until they remove the shackles from them them they will continue to be seen as a standing joke…

  11. Whoever is giving the interview is a miserable detraction from an otherwise incredible story. There is a slant that inevitably comes through whenever the host has an ulterior motive. From the outfit to the lack of forethought and knowledge…the host wants this to be about him and not the story or the guest. Hence the introduction…the "Ok," "Ok," "Ok," over and over. The best stories tell themselves and a host simply facilitates. Ask questions more. Make statements less.

  12. London Real, i think you should employ me to interview military personnel and mercs etc. You've had an opportunity here to ask a man involved in so much and to be honest you weren't up to the task. I could get people like him to really express himself and also tell some interesting stories

  13. Why doesn't the interviewer try to give him tougher questions? Make him justify his actions and decisions with a morality? He just asks questions that have no real punch. If you have a chance to interview someone who has been a mercenary and with those experiences, it would have been so much cleverer to have used a far better interviewer. Seems self-promotion is the key here rather than a wider rationality.