Okay, here's the latest slant on the 70 mercenaries that are being detained in Zimbabwe, and presumably facing the death penalty.
The Scotsman - International - 'Plotters' say they targeted Taylor
It appears, as you would expect from mercenaries, they were after money. But, the latest spin is that it was US reward money for the capture and return of Charles Taylor to face war crimes charges.
"But a South African newspaper yesterday said the plan, which it claimed was put together by a British military company, Northbridge Services Group, was to capture Taylor and bring him from his exile in Nigeria.
The paper claims the suspected mercenaries were planning to snatch Taylor and deliver him for trial to a United Nations court so they could collect a $2 million reward."
In yet one more of those great story twists, it appears that there are now allegations that the "State-owned Zimbabwe Defence Industries (ZDI) has been under pressure to clarify its ... sale of a large consignment of weapons to the alleged mercenaries..." [link does not seem to be working, or they are at 14.4 kbs. I'll check back occasionally on this link through AllAfrica.com]
And because Warren Zevon should be remembered for this kind of writing, and even though I'm not original with the thought - "Send lawyers, guns and money". That, and I've had a fondness for mercenaries since my early youth.