One of Prince Harry’s closest friends has been stopped by security officials on suspicion of working as a mercenary in war-torn Libya.
Jack Mann, a former cavalry officer, was questioned by the Maltese police and disputed his claims that he was on a mission to provide medical training.
Malta police confirmed in an email that they had “spoke to passengers to clarify their proposed activities in Libya” and took no further action.
Local reports said Mann was stopped just before boarding a private jet to North Africa.
Jack Mann (right) befriends Prince Harry (left) at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.Photo: Harry and Mann at a polo match in Ascot in 2015
Mr. Mann recently appeared in the fourth episode of the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary series, Harry and Meghan.Photo: Harry and Mann at a polo match in Ascot in 2015
Libya has been divided by conflict since the Arab Spring of 2011 and the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi later that year.
The Foreign Office advises British citizens to refrain from traveling to the UK. Sanctions have also been implemented restricting the activities of British companies in Libya.
Thousands have died as factions battle to control the country with the world’s ninth-largest oil reserves.
Islamic State terrorists are occupying remote areas of Libya, with hundreds of mercenaries from the Russian “Wagner Group” being spotted. British special forces were also believed to be active intermittently.
Mr. Mann was photographed among the group of wealthy and privileged men who make up Harry’s inner circle.Pictured: The Duke of Sussex (middle), Jack Mann (his second from right) and other friends at Harry’s wedding in May 2018
Mr. Mann recently appeared in the fourth episode of the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary series, Harry and Meghan.
Mr. Mann, who befriended the Prince at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was photographed among the group of wealthy and privileged men who make up Harry’s inner circle. and partyed late into the night with celebrities like Elton John and Serena Williams.
Prince Harry’s friend is also the son of SAS officer-turned-mercenary Simon Mann, who served five years in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea in 2004.
Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, unknowingly admitted to being the financier behind the coup attempt.
A friend of Prince Harry is also the son of SAS officer-turned-mercenary Simon Mann, who spent five years in prison for allegedly trying to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea in 2004.
After serving in the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jack Mann founded private security firm Alma Risk in 2015. He previously worked in Libya as Country Manager for Aegis Defense Services, another British security firm.
According to Alma Risk’s website, the company offers “a range of security and risk management services to corporate and individual clients.”
Mann and his colleagues, including other former British soldiers, were stopped at an airport on a Mediterranean island 223 miles north of Libya.
A Maltese source told an email: “On December 10, they were barred from boarding a private jet on suspicion of being mercenaries. suspected false of their claims that they were traveling to Libya on
“We did not continue our journey from Malta,” Mann said last night. [to Libya] Please follow the advice of the Malta Immigration Authority to amend your documents prior to travel. The matter was resolved within five days of him, and the United Nations confirmed that there were no sanctions violations.they [Alma Risk] You are free to provide training.
“I have previously visited Libya as a private security consultant. will cause damage to
The emails learned that Libyan papers held by Mann and his British colleagues had been examined by authorities. A private security team is due to visit the country to provide Libyan special forces with “advanced anti-terrorism training”.
The Maltese asked the United Nations for an explanation. Any military training would violate the UN arms and military training embargo.
Mann’s party has asserted that it is visiting Libya only to provide medical training as permitted by United Nations guidelines.
The United Nations launched a brief inquiry at the Maltese’s request, and Mr Mann’s Libyan host provided documents confirming that they were visiting the country to provide medical training.
A Maltese source said: It looked like they were trying to break the rules. We have since confirmed that this is not the case and the documentation is misleading.