SAM PA – AFRICA ISRAEL – DIAMONDS…
LostMessiah, April 12, 2016
Sam Pa, the current owner of 23 Wall Street which he owns through his company Sanongol, acquired his ownership stake, according to public documents, from Africa Israel. But that is not the first time Sam Pa and Africa Israel have done business together. Sam Pa and Africa Israel have lengthy ties to one another through… DIAMONDS!
On January 28, 2010, Josi Melman and HaAretz reported as follows:
A report ties Lev Leviev with Chinese intel, which is busy making crucial acquisitions in Africa, South America and the U.S.
“The Chinese companies are assisted in some of their international activities by the Angolan government, a rising economic power in Africa, and particularly its national oil company Sonangol. The report mentions three international businessmen connected to the Angolan-Chinese cooperation, with the help of a company called China-Sonangol, which is registered in Hong Kong. China-Sonangol is part of the 88 Queensway Group.
One is Helder Battaglia, a Portuguese businessman with close ties to Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, as well as Chavez and Kirchner. Battaglia has varied investments in Angola, Congo and Latin America. The second is Pierre Falcone, a French businessman who was Arcadi Gaydamak’s partner, and together with Gaydamak was involved in supplying arms to the tune of about $800 million to Angola in the 1990s. Falcone, Gaydamak and others were recently convicted in a French court for illegal arms trade conducted in the ’90s. In recent years, Falcone moved the main center of his business to Beijing, and has become the person who opens Angola’s doors to China (for huge fees). Gaydamak is not mentioned at all in the report; it is known that he is at odds with Falcone and the two are embroiled in legal proceedings over the profits of the arms deal.
The third businessman mentioned in the American report is Lev Leviev, who was Gaydamak’s partner and who according to the report continues to have a strong standing in Angola, where he has mines, diamond polishing plants and a diamond trade company.
The report does not note whether there are business connections among the three – or in fact any acquaintance whatsoever. It does mention that Leviev is considered a close friend of Isabel Dos Santos, the president’s daughter. There have been newspaper reports and investigations in the past, which claim she is a partner in several of Leviev’s diamond businesses in Angola.
According to the new American report, due to his standing in Angola Leviev came to know the Chinese companies and began to form business ties with them. These ties produced several huge deals involving the prestigious Manhattan real estate owned by Leviev and the companies owned by Africa Israel and Memorand. China Sonangol purchased the JP Morgan building on 23rd Street opposite the New York Stock Exchange for $150 million; for another $150 million it purchased 49 percent of the Met Life clock tower apartment building on Madison Avenue; and for about $400 million (including the purchase of the building’s debts) acquired the old New York Times building, the jewel in the crown of Leviev’s real estate empire.
Sources in Africa Israel claimed in response that the findings are not correct, and that these are public companies which report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and whose activity is transparent. According to these sources, only one transaction actually took place: the purchase of the JP Morgan building.
The report casts no aspersions on Leviev or the transactions, nor does it claim they were improper or not kosher. But its authors emphasize that the 88 Queensway Group falsely represents itself as a “private” business when it actually is not.
“The lack of transparency and public accountability surrounding the 88 Queensway Group is a major concern for the United States,” the report notes. “The 88 Queensway Group’s purchase of high-profile real estate assets in the United States underscores the importance of identifying the extent of the group’s connections to the Chinese intelligence community.”
In 2014, Sam Pa (under his name and many aliases) was sanctioned by the department of the Treasury for facilitating illicit diamond deals.
Home » Press Center » Press Releases » Treasury Sanctions Persons for Role in Undermining Zimbabwean Democracy
Targeted Sanctions Support Democratic Aspirations of the People of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwean Anti-Corruption Efforts
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated a Zimbabwean government official, an Angolan businessman, a Singaporean attorney, and a Zimbabwe-based entity pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13469 for their role in undermining Zimbabwe’s democratic processes and institutions or facilitating public corruption through support to the Government of Zimbabwe, senior government officials, and/or Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs).
“Today’s action targets those who are disrupting Zimbabwe’s democratic and economic progress,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “These designations underscore the United States’ commitment to helping the people of Zimbabwe restore the peaceful, democratic, prosperous country they rightly deserve, and we will continue to expose anyone whose actions undercut this priority.”
Today’s designation includes Tobaiwa Mudede, a senior official of the Government of Zimbabwe who, as Registrar General, oversaw critical elements of Zimbabwe’s flawed July 2013 presidential and parliamentary elections.
OFAC also sanctioned Sam Pa, an Angolan businessman and a well-known supporter of the Mugabe regime. Sam Pa is being designated for undermining democratic processes and institutions in Zimbabwe, facilitating public corruption by Zimbabwean senior officials through illicit diamond deals, and providing financial and logistical support to the Government of Zimbabwe and SDNs. Among other actions, Sam Pa has given more than one million dollars, as well as supplies and equipment, to senior Zimbabwean government officials in support of the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO). The CIO, in its capacity as Zimbabwe’s state intelligence service, is linked with activities meant to undermine democracy. The CIO credits Sam Pa’s financial support with helping the organization survive in a harsh economic climate. This off-budget financing has contributed to CIO programs dedicated to pre-election intimidation in Zimbabwe, among other activities.
Jimmy Zerenie, a Singaporean attorney based in Zimbabwe, is a business associate of Sam Pa and acted on his behalf by facilitating illicit diamond deals between Sam Pa and senior Zimbabwean officials. Zerenie is also a director of Sino Zim Development (Pvt) Ltd, a Zimbabwe-based entity designated today for being owned or controlled by both Zerenie as well as a senior official of the Government of Zimbabwe.
As a result of Treasury’s actions, any assets of the individuals or entity designated today that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen. Additionally, transactions by U.S. persons or with the United States involving these individuals and entity are generally prohibited.
- Name: Tobaiwa Mudede
- AKA: Tonneth
- DOB: 22 Dec 1942
- Title: Registrar General
- Name: Sam Pa
- AKA: Samo Hui
- AKA: Xu Jinghua
- AKA: Sam King
- AKA: Tsui Kyung-wha
- AKA: Ghiu Ka Leung
- AKA: Antonio Famtosonghiu Sampo Menezes
- DOB: 28 Feb 1958
- Citizenship: Angola
- Nationality: Chinese
- Alt. Nationality: United Kingdom
- Passport: C234897(0) (United Kingdom)
- Name: Jimmy Zerenie
- Passport: E0840452D (Singapore)
- Title: Director of Sino Zim Development (Pvt) Ltd
- Title: Director of Sino Zim Diamond Ltd
- Profession: Attorney
- Advocate and Solicitor Admission Number (Registrar of the Singapore Board of Legal Education): AAS 264/2005
- Name: Sino Zim Development (Pvt) Ltd
- AKA: Sino Zimbabwe Holdings (Pvt) Ltd
- AKA: Sino Zimbabwe Cotton Holdings
- Address: 3rd Floor, Livingstone House, 48 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
- Alt. Address: PO Box 7520, Harare, Zimbabwe
- Telephone: (04) 710043