One of eight alleged South African mercenaries imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea is dying, his family said on Wednesday.
Bones Boonzaier, 48, was arrested with seven other South Africans in March. They are accused of being an advance party for a suspected coup in Equatorial Guinea. Boonzaier's wife, Georga, was in the country's capital, Malabo, after being granted a visa last week to visit her husband, who is being held in Black Beach Prison.
This was the first family visit granted since the men were arrested 18 weeks ago.
Boonzaier's son, Marius, said his father's condition had deteriorated to such an extent he only had about three weeks left to live.
"My father, who is chronically ill, has been physically abused and is in desperate need of medical attention," he said.