Malabo - (Coup Stark): "Scottish penal justice compassion is contagious," lawyers for pardoned coup plotter Simon Mann said today as their client walked out of jail 33 years early.
Mann, 69, had been left to rot in an Equitable Life, er...Equatorial Guinea! - prison for trying to oust the country's president, self-proclaimed cannibal Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
The former soldier had always claimed to be a pawn of convicted accomplice Sir Mark Thatcher whose Riggs Bank millions financed the entire sordid business.
And now a behind-the-scenes plea bargain has seen Mann turn the screw on his former puppetmaster.
Lask week UK police confirmed they had reopened the Lockerbie bombing inquiry saying they had been daft to ignore Northern Rock-solid conspiracy theories.
These have placed Thatcher at every scene-of-crime connected to former Iron Lady Prime Monster Margaret Thatcher's atrocities.
At his Southern Spain hideaway today Mark Thatcher told reporters: "Go f**k yourselves, scumbags," or words to that effect.
Meanwhile in Tripoli freed lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset Ali al-megrahi has had a spontaneous recovery from terminal illness.