Simon Mann could make as much as £2m from selling his story to newspapers, publishers and TV companies over the course of the next year, the publicist Max Clifford has claimed.
The mercenary was freed earlier this week after receiving a pardon while little over a year-and-a-half into a 34 year prison sentence for his part in an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea.
Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, is understood to be among newspapers interested in bidding for the rights to the mercenary’s story, the Guardian reported.
“It is a huge story – not just in this country but around the world,” said Clifford. “But at the heart of it is the link with Mark Thatcher. A lot of it will depend on what he [Mann] can prove, how much evidence he has, and what can be written.”
Mann alleged that Mark Thatcher – the son of former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher – and businessman Ely Calil were part of the 2004 coup attempt. Both men denied involvement.