Mann, 55, lost an appeal against extradition in the High Court on Wednesday, where his legal team argued that he would face torture and a likely death sentence in a nation with one of the worst human rights records in Africa.
Mann, an ex-SAS officer was placed on a military plane and flown out in the early hours of Thursday after being handed over to Equatorial Guinea officials.
Mann was collected from Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison at 04:30am by officers of the notorious Law and Order Section and taken to the Zimbabwe Air Force’s Manyame Airbase, just south of Harare and flown to Equatorial Guinea where he is due to face fresh charges of treason.
Mann’s lawyer Jonathan Samkange told The Zimbabwean Friday: His deportation was illegal. We are lodging an appeal in the Supreme Court. We are challenging this all the way, right up to the International Court of Justice. Deporting a person at night is not only mischievous but unlawful.Â Â
The High Court in August 2004 convicted Mann of attempting to buy arms for an alleged coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. He served a three year term in the Chikurubi Maximum Prison. But at the end of his prison term, Equatorial Guinea President Theodora Obiang Nguema Mbasongo insisted that he faces trial in his own country on allegations of plotting to overthrow his regime. The former SAS officer was arrested in March 2004 when his private plane landed at the Harare International Airport. He denied plotting a coup. His co-accused got 12 months in jail for breaking immigration laws while his two pilots got 16 months.
The men insisted that the weapons they had in their possession were to be used to provide security for a diamond mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo and not to stage a putsch in Equatorial Guinea.
Mann Appeals to ICJ
HARARE - The lawyer of alleged coup plotter Simon Mann is appealing in the International Court of Justice against the illegal and clandestine deportation of his client to Equatorial Guinea.