Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Public Orders Act Fiasco

In Friday 24th January 2014 issue of Le Seychellois, the SNP mouthpiece has once again tried to pass the buck on the disaster of the Public Orders Act 2014, and its stray from the intent of the Electoral Commission/Reform Committee intent.
This time, Le Seychellois is calling on the Election Commission to pronounce itself on the ACT which has made numerous severe detours from the recommendations submitted by the Election Reform Committee made up of all political parties, but later, boycotted only by the Seychelles Freedom Party.
Henrie and Ramkalawan

Reason For Boycott Was Clear

The reason for Boycott was clear: PL leadership had to attend these meetings and PL be bind by the agreed electoral reforms. This was set out in the PRE-CONDITIONS. When PL broke the line, SNP continued to deliberate without PL leadership in attendance. SNP Led by Ramkalawan, the Priest that acts like a sheep,  created the situation where PL could change whatever terms and conditions of the Public Orders Act. Gappy and the Election Commission has had nothing to do with PL breaking its agreement. It was up to all parties, to hold PL hand to the fire at the Electoral Reform process. If PL leadership did not show up, why proceed Ramkalawan?
SFP walked out, and Boycotted, while Ramkalwan stayed on board and enjoyed his take a way box lunch provided by the Election Commission.

Yes There Is Dissapointment
Yes members of the Election Commission are disappointed with the course of action of the PL leadership. PL has taken us back into an era of dark ages and laws that are dictatorship "AAA" . This law makes the Marcos era in Manila look like a cake walk. But the members of the Election Commission are not members of a political party at the table. They were officials charged with executing a process under law, to create a environment in which political parties could dialogue and reach consensus on electoral reform.
When PL did not turn up,SNP should have walked out with SFP. PL would then turn up and the dialogue would continue.
Electoral Commission Appointed by James Michel

Now we are faced with a situation that the very thing we wanted : Democracy, is on the chopping block. We cannot blame the Election Commission for that, or Mr. Gappy. They did their job. Blame Ramkalawan and beyond that, let us all see how we can fix this royally screwed up situation before it boils over and explodes into civil disobedience and unrest in Seychelles, which will happen now that the seeds of unrest, discord, violence have been well planted foolishly in the pages of the Public Orders Act.

A Word To Michel

As President Mr. Michel it is nice to dictate orders and assignments to others to free your mind and ease your day. Rene use to do that. But when Rene saw that when things are critical, it is time for real leadership. This Electoral Reform is one case where things were indeed very critical for you , your legacy and above all Seychelles. You failed to meet that call and did not turn up to the Reforms.You broke your party's word and sent Good Faith, and dialogue to hell. You Sir, thought you were too big for dialogue with the Volceres of the World, The Ramkalawan's, the Gill's and so on. If these people are too small for you, what about the rest of the population of Seychelles with an open mind? Are they to be silenced to please you into believing you are so successful, and such a great leader, when you have delivered for us nothing but hardship since 2004?

Be Big Man

I call on you Mr. Michel. Rise above petty politics. Undo this mess created by your bureaucrats. Cancel the Public Orders Act while it is still early. This Apartheid legislation has no place in Africa today, and surely, no place in Seychelles. Recall the Election Commission, start over, and send yourself and the leadership of your party as promised,to attend. Air the discussions on SBC. Be the hero you can be. Rise above the pettiness of the day. Let's get serious in this country once and for all.

Consensus must be meaningful and sincere. It cannot be winner takes all and pushes everyone over the plank.
Respect Democracy, and Democracy will in turn respect you.
Let's build a real democratic country, not a fake one, monitored and run by Irish mercenaries and Gurhkas, because we know it is fake.
Seselwa Unite For Sesel Pou Seselwa! 

Monday, 27 January 2014

" "B" Means Vulnerable St.Ange, How Will Loading This Increase Tourists? "

Seychelles Current Account to GDP

Seychelles recorded a Current Account deficit of 24.60 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2012. Current Account to GDP in Seychelles is reported by the Central Bank of Seychelles. From 1976 until 2012, Seychelles Current Account to GDP averaged -11.7 Percent reaching an all time high of 6.4 Percent in December of 1994 and a record low of -28.9 Percent in December of 2007. The Current account balance as a percent of GDP provides an indication on the level of international competitiveness of a country. Usually, countries recording a strong current account surplus have an economy heavily dependent on exports revenues, with high savings ratings but weak domestic demand. On the other hand, countries recording a current account deficit have strong imports, a low saving rates and high personal consumption rates as a percentage of disposable incomes. This page contains - Seychelles Current Account to GDP - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-01-27

Seychelles Balance of Trade

Seychelles recorded a trade deficit of 2270.10 million SCR in the fourth quarter of 2012. Balance of Trade in Seychelles is reported by the Central Bank of Seychelles. From 2005 until 2012, Seychelles Balance of Trade averaged -1408.2 million SCR reaching an all time high of -537.0 million SCR in March of 2006 and a record low of -2388.0 million SCR in September of 2010. Seychelles’ fishing industry accounts for over 90 percent of total exports. However, lack of mineral resources makes the country reliant on the import of petroleum products. Seychelles’ main trading partners are: France, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. This page contains - Seychelles Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-01-27


Seychelles Exports

Exports in Seychelles decreased to 782.90 million SCR in the fourth quarter of 2012 from 984.40 million SCR in the second quarter of 2012. Exports in Seychelles is reported by the Central Bank of Seychelles. From 2005 until 2012, Seychelles Exports averaged 561.2 million SCR reaching an all time high of 1000.9 million SCR in March of 2012 and a record low of 262.0 million SCR in March of 2006. Seychelles exports are heavily dependent on the fishing industry (90 percent of total exports). As a result, main exported products are: tuna (50 percent of total exports), prawns and other fish. Seychelles’ main export partners are France and United Kingdom. Others include: Italy, South Africa, Japan and Germany. This page contains - Seychelles Exports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-01-27



Saturday, 25 January 2014

Seychelles Drug Squad Makes Bust in Cemetary Mont Fleuri

This week Naill Scully, the NDEA boss, recruited from Ireland, as a operative for the STATE and President Michel personally, announced on SBC that NDEA Agent Dufrene was sentenced to Ten (10) years imprisonment for a drug deal in the Mont Fleuri cemetery last year involving a repaired laptop.

The NDEA tracked Dufrene on the drug deal from a tip on the transaction and the complicity of the dirty rouge agent in conspiring to deal drugs with a group that repairs computers and resells them based at or near the Mont Fleuri cemetery.

The total amount of drug confiscated in the transaction was street valued at SCR. 150,000.00. The other culprits made off in the dark and NDEA was not able to apprehend them, though they remain under strict, surveillance and monitoring.

The group is also involved in inter island drug trafficking and Nail Scully stakes his reputation on the case as always, that he will apprehend them and bring them to Justice, though he says it takes time, and it is not easy.

We have this to say to Scully : “Make the Mont Fleuri Cemetary Drug Free!” We want to visit our dead, free from drugs and free from traffickers. CCTV the cemetery and you will find out who is dealing drugs there, and who is digging up our graves. They are the same people, Scully.

Smarten up Irish or go back to packing potatoes.

Breaking News: New First Lady To Be Announced

New First Lady To Be Announced
It I reported from “Glacis Ba Mer” that a new First Lady will soon be announced to the Public on SBC.
The new Madam is understood to be just barely 18 years old  and loves children and will be devoting her time to the children of orphanages throughout,  Mahe, but not Praslin or La Digue.
The announcement has been welcome by the  community at large.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

"SFP Exposes Human Trafficking In Seychelles- UN Expert Coming"

Trafficking in persons: UN expert launches first official visit to Seychelles
GENEVA (23 January 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will conduct an official visit to the Seychelles from 27 to 31 January 2014.

“I would like to better understand the situation of trafficking of persons in the Seychelles, especially that of women, children, as well as men, and assess the State’s response to counter trafficking,” said Ms. Ezeilo.

Ms. Ezeilo
The UN Special Rapporteur is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to promote the prevention of trafficking in persons in all its forms and to encourage measures to uphold and protect the human rights of victims.

Ms. Ezeilo will meet with representatives of various Government agencies, as well as the United Nations and members of civil society organizations working to fight against trafficking in persons.

“My visit is an opportunity to have constructive exchanges with relevant authorities and key actors on the progress made and challenges Seychelles faces in addressing trafficking in human beings,” said Ms. Ezeilo, who will carry out this visit at the invitation of the Government

At the end of her visit on Friday 31 January 2014, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at the Regional Anti-Piracy Prosecutions Intelligence Co-ordination Centre (RAPPICC), former Coastguard Road, Bois de Rose Avenue, Victoria, Seychelles, at 11.30am.
The Special Rapporteur’s final observations and recommendations will be presented at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014.



Wednesday, 22 January 2014

World Bank Praises the Seychelles Government for Corruption, High Debt and Bankruptcy

A senior World Bank official has praised the Seychellois economic reform programme and governance system, saying Tuesday that these should be taken as models to be emulated by other countries.World Bank executive director for Africa Group 1, Denny Kalyalya said after meeting Seychellois President James Michel at State House in the capital Victoria that the Indian Ocean nation’s economy was doing well and generating several jobs.

“He said that Seychelles has a lot to share in terms of good governance with other World Bank member countries, particularly the success of its economic reform programme,” the Seychellois State House said after the meeting on Tuesday.
It said President Michel and Kalyalya spoke about the need to boost World Bank programmes to increase support for Seychelles for technical expertise in various sectors as well as enabling access to climate change mitigation funds for small island developing states.

Kalyalya is on a familiarisation visit to the Seychelles following his recent election to the post of executive director, representing 22 countries of Africa.
The meeting was attended by alternate World Bank executive director for Africa Group 1, Peter Larose.



Voter Registration Boycott!

Voter registration and verification in Seychelles is underway. The process last for the month of January. Turn out in the districts is very, very low by voters. Perhaps likely to be even lower then last year when it was only 3.5 %.
The registration process is ongoing under law, in spite of the law deemed unfit, out of date by the Election Reform committee.
The PL have yet to implement the recommendations of the Election Reform Committee.
The situation is now placing the whole election process and system in Seychelles as not credible, and the Public is expressing their lack of confidence in the system by boycotting the voter registration inspection process which in 1993, was 90% verification.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Africa, Standing Still But Going Backwards

A NEW World Bank paper* paints a rather depressing picture of global poverty. From 1993 to 2008 the average per capita income of sub-Saharan African economies barely budged—it increased from $742 to $762 per year (measured in 2005 purchasing-power parity-adjusted dollars). If we exclude South Africa and the Seychelles, we see a decline from $608 to $556 over the period. 

The graph below is even more worrying. The authors divided the world distribution of income in 1993 and 2008 into 20 income groups, or “ventiles”, each representing 5% of the world population. The groups get richer from left to right. Between 1993 and 2008, countries like India and, especially China, shift to the right. By 2008 China completely left the poorest 5% of the world’s population. 
But sub-Saharan Africa shifted to the left. Whereas in 1993 about 25% of the world’s poorest 5% lived in sub-Saharan Africa, by 2008 it was nearly 60%.


Monday, 20 January 2014

PRC Second Aircraft Carrier For Indian Ocean

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is building its second aircraft carrier, which is expected to take six years, and the country aims to have at least four such ships, Chinese and Hong Kong media reports said on Sunday.

After two decades of double-digit increases in the military budget, China's admirals plan to develop a full blue-water navy capable of defending growing economic interests as well as disputed territory in the South and East China Seas.

The country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning - a Soviet-era ship bought from Ukraine in 1998 and re-fitted in a Chinese shipyard - has long been a symbol of China's naval build-up.

Successfully operating the 60,000-tonne Liaoning is the first step in what state media and some military experts believe will be the deployment of locally built carriers by 2020.

In comments carried on Chinese news websites, Wang Min, the Communist Party boss of the northeastern province of Liaoning, where the first carrier is based, said the second carrier was being built in the port city of Dalian.

Its construction would take about six years, and in future China would have a fleet of at least four carriers, Wang told members of the province's legislature on Saturday, the reports added.

Dalian is the port where the existing carrier was re-fitted for use by the Chinese navy.

Some of the reports about the new carrier were apparently latter removed from the Internet, as links to the stories did not work.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, citing unnamed military sources, said the reports may have been removed either because the government wanted the construction to be low profile or because Wang did not have the authority for such an announcement.

The Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

The Liaoning successfully executed more than 100 tests, including those of its combat systems, during drills in the disputed South China Sea last month.

The exercises off the coast of Hainan Island marked not only the first time China had sent a carrier into the South China Sea but the first time it had maneuvered with the kind of strike group of escort ships U.S. carriers deploy, according to regional military officers and analysts.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

More Rehash Press Release Someone Lost The Marbles??

In a bid to tap into growing tourist numbers, Hilton Worldwide has opened its 30-room Double Tree by Hilton Seychelles-Allamanda Resort & Spa. This is the Group’s third resort in the Republic of the Seychelles.
Claus Steiner, cluster manager of the Seychelles Hilton Worldwide welcomed guests to the property in the presence of Alain St Ange, Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Sherin Renaud, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, PS Steve Fanny, Ambassador of the Russia, and Consuls representing Germany, Mauritius and Indonesia, John Stravens, Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association and local Destination Management Companies.
Minister St Ange said: “As we analysie the year-on-year official statistics of visitor arrival numbers, we realise that we need to do more as a country to increase yield from our tourism industry. We need more facilities, activities geared towards our visitors so that they can spend their budgeted tourism dollar in the Seychelles.”


"Seychelles Press Releases being Done Over and Over" .................Daily and on the hour, being repeated

Jan 19, 2014
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, leaves Seychelles today, Monday, January 20, to join Bernadette Willemin, the Seychelles Tourism Board Director for Europe at FITUR 2014.
FITUR is the International Tourism Fair of Madrid, and it will be celebrating its 34th edition this year from 22-26. FITUR is the global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets. "Seychelles has been present at this tourism trade fair for many years, and I will be accompanied at FITUR only by Bernadette Willemin, our Director for Europe who is based in Paris. Members of the private sector will also join us on the Seychelles stand at this fair," Minister St.Ange said.
As in the previous editions of FITUR, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO, FITUR, and Casa Africa) will join together to organize the fifth edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), and this will be held on January 23, 2014, on the occasion of the 34th edition of the Trade Fair of Madrid (FITUR). The main objective of this forum is to promote sustainable tourism development in Africa by bringing together representatives from African national tourism administrations, Spanish government, and the Spanish and Portuguese private sector to meet and discuss about business and cooperation opportunities.


"Movie Drive In When Youth Have You-Tube No Car"

Jan 19, 2014
After months of planning by the Designated Minister Vincent Meriton, the Minister responsible for Community Services, Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and by Minister Christian Lionnet, the Minister responsible for Land Use a movie 'Drive-In' and relaxation spot by the sea was opened last November managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
This facility that is situated on prime land right on the sea and adjacent to the Beachcomber Sainte Anne Resort Jetty at Roche Caiman was designated by the Government to become a secure open-air recreational area for the people of Seychelles. The the designated area was covered with bitumen and adequate lighting installed by the Land Transport Department before public toilet facilities and a small administrative centre was constructed.
Today the facility is seen and appreciated as a added facility that is being provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture for the population to relax by the sea and watch a film or a football game on a big screen sitting in the comfort of their car. A movie 'Drive-In' had been created as the place is now described by users.
Connery Alvis has been appointed to manage the facility and he publishes the programmed list of films to be screened through Facebook and discussions are in place to also use the Last Minute weekly online publication by Vesna Rakic to get the programmed film list to be played as widely distributed as possible. This 'What's On' entertainment and activities listing in Seychelles will help get the list of films at the movie 'Drive-In' more noticed.
Link to Seychelles movie 'Drive-In' Cinema Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/seydriveincinema?ref=hl
The NATION Newspaper on its last Saturday issue writes:- "Parking in a secure area to watch films or other programmes on a big screen outside has been on the 'wish list' of so many of us her for quite a while. The wish came three in November last year. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Seychelles has got its first drive-in cinema".
The facility is open seven days a week. You simply park your car and tune in to 87.5 on FM and from the comfort of your car watch the film beamed on the big screen. This new movie 'Drive-In' park is opened from 6pm to 1am.
Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture says that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture continues to work to deliver for Seychelles. 'A relaxation spot that is safe and managed with needed facilities is today being provided for everyone" PS Rose said.
On his part Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said that it was pleasing to see how full the place is on Fridays and Saturdays. "We today can say the this facility was needed and we are happy to be delivering it for Seychelles as a well managed and secured family meeting spot" Minister St.Ange said.Connery Alvis, who manages the first Seychelles movie 'Drive-In' facility, said that he was satisfied with how members of the public were responding to the facility.The place is proving very popular on a daily basis as a meeting spot and it brings a bigger crowd from Friday night with those coming to watch a film from the comfort of their car.


"Breaking News From Last Week Today from Seychelles Government" Hic, Hic!

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today signed an agreement with the Vanilla Islands Organization to increase visitor numbers to the Indian Ocean.
Under the strategic marketing agreement, the signatories will invest in a range of cooperative programs and products to attract visitors to the Indian Ocean from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Air Seychelles and the Vanilla Island`s marketing messages will be maximized in the partnership and both organizations will benefit from enhanced presence on each other`s marketing materials.
Signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the airline`s new Fixed Base Operation (FBO), Air Seychelles VIP, at Seychelles International Airport, were Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, and Pascal Viroleau, Chief Executive Officer of the Vanilla Islands Organization.
Also present were Alain St.Ange, Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture and President of the Vanilla Island Organization; Jean-Paul Adam, Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs; Didier Robert, President of the La Reunion Council; other regional dignitaries; and senior staff of Air Seychelles.
Mr. Ball said the Indian Ocean was strategically important to Air Seychelles with traffic to the region contributing significantly to the bottom line through its Mauritius and Johannesburg routes.
“We are delighted to sign this deal with the Vanilla Islands Organization, which is doing an impressive job creating interest in the Indian Ocean. Our partnership makes good business sense as there is a great natural synergy between our regional ambitions and the Vanilla Island`s aims to increase connectivity to and between the islands. We look forward to working with them and other regional tourism partners to drive new business to the region and Seychelles,” said Mr. Ball.
“We are already working closely with Air Austral to increase traffic on each other`s flights by leveraging network synergies.”
Mr. Viroleau commended the airline`s regional expansion plans and said: “We are delighted to work with Air Seychelles to develop new products that will attract travelers to and between the islands of the region. One need only try to travel from Seychelles to Madagascar or Comoros to realize how limited the transportation options within the Indian Ocean are at present. With the addition of an A319 later this year and simultaneous launch of new regional services, Air Seychelles adds a powerful new dimension to the marketing of the Indian Ocean.”
The Vanilla Islands concept, created in August 2010 under the aegis of the Indian Ocean Commission, aims to unify the islands of Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, La Reunion, Seychelles, Maldives, and Mayotte, under one tourism brand while retaining each of the island`s unique selling propositions.
Air Seychelles, the region`s only four-star airline, currently operates three services to Mauritius and Johannesburg each per week, seven services per week to Abu Dhabi, and three services to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi.


Saturday, 18 January 2014

Bad cops, assassins, Czech fugitives: The meaning of Paul O’Sullivan

Forensic consultant Paul O’ Sullivan spent eight years relentlessly investigating former police chief Jackie Selebi. As Selebi’s trial drew to a close in 2010, the apparently indefatigable Irish expat began focusing on his next project – toppling the extensive criminal empire of one of the most dangerous criminals in the country, Czech-born fugitive Radovan Krejcir. This week, four people were arrested in Johannesburg for plotting to assassinate O’Sullivan, Colonel Nkosana “Killer” Ximba (who arrested Krejcir in December) as well as other members of a Hawks special task team investigating Krejcir.
On 10 September 2010 at around 6.30pm, Paul O’Sullivan was in Dublin when he received a call on his cellphone. He answered in his usual manner: “O’Sullivan, good day.” The caller at the other end paused momentarily before speaking.
The man, recalls O’Sullivan, had an Eastern European accent and said “Hello, clown. You want to fuck with me? I will show you who is Radovan. When you will come back to South Africa, I will make you suck my cock, then I will kill you, to show you you fucked with the wrong guy.”
The caller then hung up.
On 18 September 2010, Paul O’Sullivan made a sworn statement at the Bramley police station, providing a phone log of the threatening phone call, as well as other details. In the statement, he reminded police of another sworn statement he had taken from a source who had said Radovan Krejcir had asked him to procure a “30-06 sniper rifle for the purpose of killing me”. O’Sullivan also provided police with information and a photograph of an illegal elephant’s tusk that hung on the wall of the bar of Krejcir’s house at the Vaal River.
“I request urgent police intervention to prevent the conspiracy to murder me from becoming a reality,” O’Sullivan ended the statement back then.
Fast forward to the afternoon of 9 January this year, and the arrest of Siboniso Miya (32), Jacob Nare (28), Owen Serero (32) and a woman, Zodumiso Biyele (23) after a planned assassination attempt on O’Sullivan and Colonel Nkosana Ximba (who arrested Krejcir in December), as well as other members of a Hawks specialised unit, was thwarted in Johannesburg.
Two weapons, including an R5 assault rifle (believed to have been used in the drive-by killing of Lebanese businessman Bassam Issa in October 2013) blue lights, balaclavas and several number plates were confiscated from the would-be assassins. Several telephones and iPads were also recovered, and these are being investigated for encrypted communications that will lead to the mastermind behind the assassination plot, believed by many to be Radovan Krejcir.
Shortly after the arrests last week O’Sullivan sent a characteristically provocative email (which he copied to select journalists) to Krejcir’s lawyer, Eddie Classen.
In the mail, O’Sullivan suggests that Classen tell his client “that I will do all that I can lawfully do to strip him of everything he or his crooked family members have acquired through his criminal conduct, and see that he rots in jail FOREVER”.
O’Sullivan told Classen that he believed Krejcir issued the instruction for the assassination to take place at noon on the Thursday so that he could claim that he had had nothing to do with it, as he would have been behind bars in C-Max.
“They walked straight into a trap and Krejcir's attempt was thwarted. Again!” said O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan suggested that if Classen appealed the court’s decision not to grant Krejcir bail he would, “legally intervene … as it is not in the interests of justice to have that gangster on the streets. However, after the chaos of his failed hit on me and the colonel that was behind his arrest late last year, you may wish to reconsider your futile attempts at trying to get him out of jail.”
The investigator ended the mail with a cheerful “Thinking of suing me for defamation? Go ahead, bring it on, I will wipe the floor with you and bring a counter-claim that will make your claim pale into insignificance.”
Jackie Selebi had felt the full wrath of O’Sullivan after “pissing in an Irishman’s beer”. Imagine the shitstorm Krejcir could have expected from the investigator after threatening to have him suck cock before killing him.
Paul O’Sullivan has been on Radovan Krejcir’s tail for the past four years, after the Czech fugitive’s name first popped up on the radar while the private investigator was hunting down Jackie Selebi.
Since starting his investigation into Krejcir, O’Sullivan has handed between 12 to 15 damning sworn statements (some of which I have read during the course of researching the book) to police from a range of people implicating Radovan Krejcir in a string of serious crimes including money laundering, smuggling drugs, smuggling contraband cigarettes and much more. Meanwhile, at least 12 bodies have piled up around Krejcir who has, until, now, managed to escape police dragnets and the coils of justice.
It was O’Sullivan who submitted an extensive and detailed affidavit – with attached sworn statements – of the various crimes linked to Krejcir, including the murder of former Apartheid police operative turned “private investigator” Kevin Trytsman, Teazer’s strip club boss, Lolly Jackson, and German luxury car convertor, Uwe Gemballa, to the refugee appeals tribunal requesting the Czech not be granted asylum in South Africa.
“I do not believe our system is perverted. I have faith in South Africa and its government, its people and this honourable tribunal. I do not believe Krejcir’s claim that he has paid all the right people in the right places to ensure he gets to stay in South Africa. I have faith that you will do the right thing and send this gangster back to the Seychelles, where he belongs, or any country that will take him,” O’Sullivan wrote to the tribunal in January 2011.
In his short sojourn in South Africa (he arrived in 2007) Krejcir managed ruthlessly to infiltrate and destabilise established crime networks while police appeared to look on helplessly, at times appearing to aid and abet him. O’Sullivan says the question now is not how many cops are on Krejcir’s payroll but how high up the corruption goes.
Krejcir has been allowed to operate and indeed flourish, partly because of the corruption of police criminal intelligence by rogue elements. In 2011, before his arrest after the murder of his one of his associates, Cyril Beeka, in Cape Town, Krejcir was given access to illegally taped conversations about him between O’Sullivan and Major General Shadrack Sibiya, the current head of the Hawks in Gauteng.
A faction within police intelligence, loyal to controversial suspended crime intelligence head Richard Mduli, has been consistently accused of working against Sibiya in an attempt to discredit him.
In 2011 General Joey Mabasa was asked to leave the police service (but not without receiving a golden handshake) for his close connections with Krejcir. Mabasa had driven with Krejcir to the house of Lolly Jackson on the night he was murdered. Not only that, Jackson had been shot with Mabasa’s gun that had allegedly been stolen the day before but only reported afterwards. Apart from this, Mabasa’s wife, Dorcas, had gone into business with Krejcir’s wife, Katerina Krejcirova.
When I first met Paul O’Sullivan in April 2013 to research a book on his role in the investigation and conviction of Jackie Selebi, I was aware his was one of four names on a hit list found by the Hawks during a dramatic raid on Krejcir’s R30-million Bedfordview home in 2011.
The other three names on the list were Cyril Beeka, the notorious Cape Town former bouncer and underworld crime boss who was cultivated by both security agents of the former regime as well as underground ANC operatives; state prosecutor Riegal du Toit and Krejcir’s former doctor, Marian Tupy.
Du Toit had been investigating Krejcir’s link to the murder of German supercar conversion specialist, Uwe Gemballa, who disappeared shortly after arriving in Johannesburg in February 2010. Gemballa was found eight months later in a shallow grave, a plastic bag over his head, his hands tied behind his back, having been shot at close range in the head. Three men were subsequently arrested for the murder.
Gemballa acted as a sort of Secret Santa for murdered Teazers boss Lolly Jackson and Krejcir, stuffing wads of fresh Euros in the panels of converted luxury vehicles he shipped to South Africa. Jackson and Krejcir both shared a love of exotic vehicles and at the time of his death the Teazers boss had around R90 million worth of cars in his garage.
Krejcir had reportedly argued with Gemballa during a phone call made or received at the Harbour Café in 2010 after money that had meant to be stashed in side a Porche delivered in September that year had gone missing.
Beeka was dead by the time I met Paul, so he had clearly moved up a slot on the list. Friends and family were concerned for my safety but for some reason, perhaps foolishness, I was not worried. I had worked as a crime reporter for the Cape Times for over eight years and have been exposed to human beings at their worst.
Besides, if I were going to be hanging around with someone whose name was No 1 on a hit list complied by one of the country’s most ruthless criminals, I was glad that was Paul O’Sullivan, and not someone else. I spent a week with him in Jo’burg, where we sped through the streets and highways, O’Sullivan driving like a man accustomed to avoiding a bullet (he has been shot at several times in this country).
Playing back my interviews, I can often hear myself gasping as O’Sullivan’s car engine suddenly roars as he takes a gap in traffic, making sure always to be on the move; never, ever stationary.
People warned me about the investigator. Some had said he was mad, crazy, an agent, a brusque man. But I liked him.
O’Sullivan is someone accustomed to keeping secrets and even though he had officially approved me to write the account of his role in Selebi’s downfall, I could not dig out more than he wanted to reveal. Much of the research had to be done poring over thousands of pages of court records, emails, affidavits, sworn statements, letters and taped phone calls.
In the end it proved to be a sprawling narrative that featured a cast of thousands, including petty thugs and criminals, crooked businessmen and cops, and that rippled in all the way to the Union Buildings.
The thing about the Selebi and the Krejcir narrative and the intersection between organised crime, police and even politics is that is it so deep, wide and complicated that it is almost impossible for someone outside of it to fathom just how much kak we are in.
I like Paul O’Sullivan because of the way he speaks to those whom he deems his enemies – criminals and the lawyers who represent them. I want to do an air punch when I read his emails to corrupt cops; I want to shout “yessssss” when he fearlessly tells Selebi that he is going to take him down. I like Paul O’Sullivan because in spite of it all, he believes that there are more good cops than bad and that in the end the bad guys always get their comeuppance. And if he can believe it, why shouldn’t you and I?
In a world where crime TV series like The Wire or CSI or where crime fiction has become the most popular and widely read genre it is important to bear in mind that Paul O’Sullivan and the crooked cops and criminals who occupy his world are not fictional characters. They are frighteningly real.
“Sounds like the plot of a Bond movie,” people say about O’Sullivan and his life. The point is this is not a movie; this is the cold, chilling reality of organised crime and the deep and urgent threat it poses to our young democracy.
It was Sam Sole, managing partner of amaBhungane, Mail & Guardian’s centre for Investigative Journalism, who in April 2011 published a compelling piece titled ‘The Meaning of Radovan Krejcir”.
Sole wrote: ‘The Czech fugitive is a connoisseur of weak states. His choice of SA as a refuge is symptomatic of the country’s deepening moral malaise. There’s not really a single point at which a country suddenly becomes a failed state. States exist across a continuum of dysfunction. Some things still work in Zimbabwe, in Swaziland, after all. And in Italy, for instance, some things don’t. In war the collapse of law and order happens so fast we can see it and it is usually mirrored by physical destruction, which underlines the impact. Organised crime and corruption are more like slow biological warfare or radiation. The infrastructure seems to remain intact – there are just bodies that accumulate haphazardly – until you realise the infrastructure (or the institution) has become so contaminated, it is no longer functional, indeed it has become a threat itself and must be abandoned or destroyed.”
For that reason alone I’m glad that Paul O’Sullivan, as unorthodox as he may be, is on our side.

Marianne Thamm is the author of ‘To Catch A Cop’, the soon-to-be released account of Paul O’Sullivan’s role in the investigation and conviction of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi. The book will be available in February and is published by Jacana.
Photo of Paul O'Sullivan by Sally Shorkend for Maverick magazine.


Two Saudis Princes Face Allegation of "Money Laundering" for Hezbollah

Two prominent Saudi princes believed to be involved in a London-registered company that allegedly facilitated “money laundering” for Hezbollah are at the centre of a major court battle that is about to hit London’s High Court again.
The High Court is gearing up to hear a series of allegations against two Saudi princes who are accused of funding Hezbollah by fraudulent means. London is continuing to attract complex international cases, underlining its place at the top of the litigation table.
It is the story of two Saudi princes, a telecoms company, alleged funds channelled to Hezbollah and a row over the suppression of vital documents in a battle that would rival that of Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank’s dispute with Muktar Ablyazov (6 February 2012).
Two Saudi princes – two of the most prominent Sunni Muslims in the world – face allegations of facilitating money laundering for US-classified terrorist organisation Hezbollah through a business in which they were shareholders.
Prince Mishal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Prince Mishal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former defence minister, brother of King Abdullah and chairman of the country’s influential allegiance council, and his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Mishal bin Al Saud, are both named as defendants in this snowballing case.
The prince launched the claim back in 2011 when he filed a petition of unfair prejudice against fellow shareholder, Apex Global Management, a company owned by Jordanian businessman Faisal Almhairat.
Apex Global Management and Global Torch Ltd -  both directed by the prince - were the principal shareholders in telecomms company Fi Call. Almhairat agreed with Global Torch to launch the London registered company in 2006.
Almairat’s share was primarily held by his Seychelles-based firm, Apex Global Management, while the princes’ shares were mainly owned through Global Torch, a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mishal Bi Al Saud
Global Torch contends that Almhairat had “misappropriated funds from the company, had misconducted the company’s business in various ways, [and] had failed to keep proper books” and should be blamed him for its failure.
Details of the claims and subsequent counter claims were initially kept out of the public eye as the Saudi’s attempted to use their royal connections to claim sovereign immunity.
In March the High Court refused to accept arguments from Clifford Chance that a London trial could damage relations between the UK and Saudi Arabia (21 March 2013).
Almhairat became involved with the princes after his son developed an application enabling smartphones to make free calls to other users under company Nida’s Amman. On 24 September 2009 Nida’s Amman and Almhairat handed the intellectual rights to the app to Fi Call PLC for just a £1.
In November Prince Mishal became the chairman of Fi Call and all the Global Torch shareholders took stakes in the business.
Almhairat became suspicious of Fi Call when HSBC told him he was no longer welcome as a customer in March 2010 and told him to move all his company and personal accounts elsewhere.
Almhairat allegedly informed defendant and Global Torch shareholder Emad Mahmoud Ahmed Abu-Ayshih that his credit had been refused, but later the same month Ayshih asked him to arrange a $5m bankers’ draft financed by Fi Call to be taken to Beirut for a man named Abdel Razzaq.
According to a judgment issued in June, Almhairat allegedly decided to investigate the identity of Razzaq and was told that he was “not a businessman with investments in Lebanon but was a middleman for Hezbollah”.
The High Court was shown the alleged correspondence to Ayshih, in which Almhairat raised concerns over the suspected funding from the princes.
But the court heard that Almhairat had later been contacted by the prince, who, according to an Apex transcript, said: “Mr Ayshih has told me about the conversation he had with you. I’m not pleased with it…We deal with whoever we want to deal with, whether it’s Hexbollah [sic], the mafia, or even the Jews.”
He added: “Be sure if we remove our protection, you and all your family are dead within a second. Do as you are instructed. Otherwise your head will be at my feet without your body.
“…I need to show the Hexbollah that we can transfer the money to them smoothly. They have potentially billions which they want to be transferred. My father is very interested in this deal and he will be very pleased with us if things go well.”
The contentious correspondences submitted to the court has been the subject of intense debate and disagreement between both parties and the princes have fought to keep numerous documents secret.
Although the princes bought the case initially, their desperation to keep the case behind closed doors transformed it into an epic series of battles over jurisdiction, sovereignty and reputation. It pitted the princes against the UK media as well as Almhairat in six hearings over February, March, June and July (16 May 2013).
The Court of Appeal put the final kybosh on the privacy bid in July, holding that details of the allegations should be made public (10 July 2013).
In a case management conference in July, Mr Justice Vos ordered that a copy of all relevant materials should be created and ordered that a statement of truth should be submitted to the court from all parties including Prince Abdulaziz, who refused.
In September Mr Justice Norris reiterated the order made by Vos J and issued a Unless order to support the direction. He stated that unless the prince complied he would be debarred.
Norris J said: “Everyone else will have their cards on the table. The prince will deal through an agent. Everyone else will be exposed to criticism and have their credibility attacked if they are shown to have concealed some relevant account, relevant device, or relevant communication. But the prince says that he should be exempt…some sanction must be applied.”
Despite this, the Prince failed to comply with the order. He was subsequently debarred and ordered to pay $7.7m to Apex Global Torch. He is now looking to quash the order at the CoA. The Prince and his fellow Global Torch shareholders are looking to set aside the Norris J judgment, vary the order of Vos J and seek relief from sanctions. This will be the subject of the next hearing in the coming months.