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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Prison authorities Saturday released 34 of 42 mercenaries convicted on hijacking charges after a failed coup attempt led by Col. 'Mad Mike' Hoare against the socialist Seychelles government.

The 34 prisoners had spent four months of their six-month sentences in jail after a Supreme Court judge convicted them of endangering the safety of an Air India Boeing 707 they comandeered at Seychelles Mahe airport and flew to the South African town of Durban after the failed coup bid.

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Eight other mercenaries are still in jail. Hoare, a legendary mercenary in Africa, is serving a 10-year term.

Under South African law, prisoners serving less than two years qualify for remission of up to one third of their sentence for good behavior.

The coup attempt was stated in November 1983. ---

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