Teodorin Nguema Obiang – the son of Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – is appealing an attachment order for his SA assets after he was sued by a man who was detained in his country.

A Cape Argus report says the matter stems from a ruling by Judge Vincent Saldanha in October 2017, in which an order of attachment was granted for the immovable property in Cape Town belonging to Obiang.

His properties in Bishopscourt and Clifton were attached to be auctioned off to settle a R75m civil claim Daniel Janse van Rensburg had launched against Obiang for wrongful arrest.

Obiang’s legal team argued that the judge erred in making the judgment and wants a full Bench of judges to set aside the ruling.

In his answering affidavit, Obiang claimed that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity from civil and criminal jurisdiction in SA courts.

His claim is based on the provisions of the Diplomatic Immunity and Privileges Act, read together with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963, and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.

In papers, Obiang’s contention was that Janse van Rensburg failed to provide any evidence that he was in any way involved or responsible for his incarceration. He said that reports and other supporting affidavits on which the South African relied were inadmissible hearsay.

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