London Lite Wednesday, 4 November 2009 13 Dog of war set free for 200,000 (Butdictatorwanted270m) Lucasplaytocloseearly FREED mercenary Simon Mann was flying home to Britain today as it was revealed he had been released for a fee of 200,000 -- despite initial demands by Equatorial Guinea for 270m. The Old Etonion left his hotel in the west African state this morning after he was pardoned for conspiring to topple its government. He will be re-interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives about the 2004 plot on whether he committed an offence under British law. Mann was freed by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, after serving 15 months of his 34-year sentence. The ex-SAS soldier has claimed that Sir Mark Thatcher and Lebanese-born businessman Ely Calil financed the coup. They too could now be quizzed by police. Today it was revealed that Manns friends and family paid 200,000 for his freedom after dictator Nguemas officials first asked for 270m. A series of meet- ings took place over the past two months. Final terms were agreed and the money paid at the embassy last Friday. Friends of Mann claim Mr Calil had assured them that Lord Mandelson, then the EU trade commissioner, had said there would be no problem with regime change in Equatorial Guinea. Sources in Pretoria say Mann was freed because South African president Jacob Zuma is going to Malabo today. Four South Africans were also par- doned by Equatorial Guinea. WEST END show Prick Up Your Ears will end three weeks early after box office sales fell following Matt Lucass exit. The Little Britain star pulled out of the play after the suicide of his ex-partner, Kevin McGee, just days into the London run at the Comedy Theatre. Respected actor Con ONeill replaced him in the role of Keith Halliwell, lover of playwright Joe Orton, but the production will now close on 15 November. by kevin widdop Released: Simon Mann, right, at his pardoning ceremony Jordan pays the Price of flame... Fire it up: the effigy of Price SHES always had a burning ambition to be successful, but we bet Katie Price never quite envisaged this. A 27ft-high effigy of the glamour model, who is also known as Jordan, was created for a celebrity Guy Fawkes competition in Edenbridge, Kent, by artist Frank Shepherd from the Edenbridge Bonfire Society. The figure of 31-year-old Price is dressed in white jodhpurs and black riding boots. It clutches the heads of ex-husband Peter Andre, 36, and current boyfriend Alex Reid, 34, in one hand and a bunch of magazines in the other. H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html