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South Africa Auction Seized Superyacht Belonging to Equatorial Guinea VP

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As restitution for a bungled airline transaction that led to the illegal detention and torture of a South African businessman, a South African court has mandated the auction of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue’s vice-president Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue‘s superyacht and two prestigious residences.

Mr. Obiang, who is most likely to succeed his father and has been in power for 43 years, is the son of President Teodoro Obiang.

A South African businessman named Daniel Janse van Rensburg said that Mr. Obiang ordered his illegal detention and two years of torture in a prison in Guinea despite his repeated requests due to the broken contract.

Mr. Rensburg claimed that more than ten years ago, Gabriel Angabi, the then-mayor of Equatorial Guinea’s capital city, hired him to create a private airline. The mayor canceled the project and requested a refund after working on it for two years.

The mayor and Mr. Obiang, Guinea’s former security minister, plotted to imprison the South African in that country’s most notorious jail.

He then called Teodorin junior at that time. He was in charge of the jail and the minister of security at the time. Hence, he received his consent to place me in Black Beach, according to Mr. Rensburg.

For almost two years, Mr. Rensburg was held against his will in the gulag and subjected to torture. Instead of Mr. Angabi, the South African businessman blamed the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea for his arrest.

Because he was in charge of getting me arrested and keeping me in jail, Mr. Rensburg said. “You know, we have paperwork from the South African embassy in Malabo to confirm this, that they begged him a few times to speak to him, to ask him to look at this and release me free, and he always persisted on refusing,” they said.

The South African clarified that he could only obtain his release from prison with the help of another prisoner’s attorney.

The ruling has not received any response from the government of Equatorial Guinea.

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