With Israeli Billionaires Profiting From Human Capital in Congo, What Responsibility do they Play?

 

Congo rights group: Army kills 12 rebels after Beni attacks

BENI, Congo — Congo’s army fought off attacks in and around the eastern city of Beni on Thursday, killing at least 12 assailants and capturing seven, a local human rights group said.

Two soldiers also were killed in the fighting and several people were wounded, including students taking exams, said Omar Kavota, executive director of the Center for Studies of Peace and Defense of Human Rights.

Kavota blamed a new rebel coalition for the bombing of a school and attempted attacks on a women’s prison, a police station and the town hall.

The death toll could rise as Congo’s military pursues other attackers, he said.

Beni Mayor Nyonyi Bwanakawa blamed the attack on Mai Mai rebels. Kavota, however, warned that a new rebel coalition has formed outside Beni after armed men on June 11 attacked the city’s central Kangbayi prison, killing at least 11 and freeing 900 prisoners.

The new coalition, which Kavota called the National Revolutionaries Movement, is likely composed of rebels from the Mai Mai, Allied Democratic Forces and former M23 members who escaped prison.

Kavota said the new coalition may have external political and military support, given the logistics of the attacks, and he called on the government and military to quickly dismantle the group.

Kavota, whose organization tracks civilian deaths in the region, also called on the military to increase protection of civilians and public places.

Eastern Congo is home to multiple armed groups that compete for control of the region’s vast mineral resources.

http://www.startribune.com/congo-rights-activist-says-army-kills-7-attackers-in-beni/430095063/

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Dan Gertler and T.O.T Investigative Stories Hidden on Google, Whatever Happens in Congo? Dan does not want us to know…

Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler

http://www.totpi.com/dan-gertler/

Dan Gertler Is There A Future In Congo?

 

“Nothing happens in Congo without Dan Gertler and Gertler can do nothing without playing the Israeli card,” said an advisor to an international mining conglomerate.

But the net is tightening around the Israeli billionaire mining magnate who dominates the economic life of the resource rich but economically impoverished Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Building an empire in Congo

The Israeli mining magnate has been fundamental in the Kabila family’s control of the DRC over the past two decades. But the 42-year-old billionaire, who was the inspiration of for the movie Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is now under international scrutiny over corruption.

Meanwhile, his main Congolese ally, President Joseph Kabila, is clinging on by his fingertips to power. The fragile situation in the Central African rentier state threatens to drag the Israeli security establishment into a renewed conflict to defend the billionaire’s interests.

There has always been a quid pro quo relationship between Gertler and Kinshasa that is heavily weighted to his corporate interests. His political influence in DRC is said to have begun shortly after his entry in 1997, when he shored up the government of Laurent Kabila by offering the late president $20 million to head off a rebellion in the east.

The rebels posed a major risk to the regime as it was attempting to establish itself. In exchange for this help, his IDI Diamonds firm was given exclusive rights on the purchase of artisanal diamonds.

The monopoly was ended by Joseph Kabila following his father’s assassination in 2001. But a deal was struck in which Gertler paid $15 million for the rights to 88 percent of the output of national diamond producer La Société Minière de Bakwanga (MIBA). Gertler’s uncle, Shmuel Schnitzer, is honorary president of the Israel Diamond Exchange.

One Israeli Defense source has also claimed that Gertler paid the Kabila government $40 million for a former Mossad chief and ex-soldiers to arm, train and direct Congolese special forces to put down the brutal Rwandan-backed M23 rebel group in an operation with the United Nations in 2013.

According to this source, the materiel was sourced from Israel and Russia.

It is claimed the operation was not officially backed by the Israeli government, but given the scale of Israeli security involvement would have probably given an informal nod of approval.

With a reputation for mass rape and slaughter, M23 had been operating out of the Virunga National Park in the unstable North Kivu province. The group’s violent operations were hindering efforts to develop the region’s potentially massive oil reserves. Ending the rebellion helped remove a problem for Kabila.

Following in Leopold’s footsteps

The sums Gertler has spent on consolidating the Kabila regime’s control over a vast territory are a fraction of the wealth he seems to have accrued allegedly as a fixer between international capital and Kinshasa. Not since Belgium’s notorious King Leopold II plundered Congo for ivory and rubber has a foreigner acquired such control and influence over the country.

Gertler has secured a reputation for buying up mining and oil prospecting rights from the government, via his high level political connections, and selling them at huge mark-ups. Over two decades, his position as gatekeeper has enabled him to dominate the copper and cobalt mining sectors in the resource-rich Katanga province, giving him personal control over nearly 10 percent of world cobalt production.

In recent years, he has turned his attention to oil exploration in the country’s potentially highly lucrative yet risky frontier prospects.

Gertler’s Oil of DRC start-up has found reserves estimated at 3 billion barrels of oil in Lake Albert. Put into context, his concessions potentially contain more oil than Syria or the UK. Oil production from the reserves would boost DRC’s economy by 25 percent, thereby consolidating Gertler’s power base in the country.

To get these commodities out of the country, Gertler has also secured an interest in infrastructural development, giving him control over the economy’s most strategically important sectors and amassing himself a huge net worth worthy of an entry into the Forbes Billionaires list.

Many of these assets are owned by the Gertler Family Trust or grouped under the Fleurette Group, which owns stakes in various Congolese mines through at least 60 holding companies in offshore tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands. Placed beyond public scrutiny, Fleurette’s investments are regarded by critics as asset stripping with his acquisitions made at a fraction of their true value.

Gertler and Congo’s web of corruption

Gertler believes the criticism of his political role in DRC is unjust. Instead, he told Bloomberg that he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role.

However, the symbiotic relationship between Gertler and President Kabila is looking into the abyss as Congolese society becomes increasingly angry at his attempts to bend the constitution to lengthen his tenure.

At the same time, global corruption investigations are closing the net on the billionaire, leaving him vulnerable to prosecution and a post-Kabila political backlash in DRC.

The DRC is said to have suffered huge losses in revenue due to the alleged undervaluation of state assets in various privatisations, many involving Gertler.

In September, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group agreed the pay over $400 million in a settlement with US authorities over its alleged payment of Gertler to allegedly bribe Congolese officials to the tune of $100 million for mining rights. No charges were brought against Gertler by the Justice Department or the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Two months later, Gertler’s nemesis Global Witness, an NGO that fights corruption in the global natural resources industry, reported that the state mining company Gecamines signed over royalty rights to the Israeli plutocrat.

Royalties amounting to up to $880 million that were due to Gecamines from Glencore’s KCC copper project in southeast Congo were assigned to an anonymous Cayman Islands company called Africa Horizons, which is part of Fleurette Group.

It is unclear what, if anything, was paid to Gecamines, whose earnings could make a significant fiscal contribution to alleviating poverty in one of the world’s poorest countries. The NGO has accused Glencore of knowingly entering loss-making deals to appease the billionaire as the DRC’s central power broker.

According to Bloomberg, in December the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) began investigating Gertler and four former Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC) executives as part of a three-year probe into the Kazakh company’s acquisition of DRC copper and cobalt mining projects.

The deals may have violated UK fraud and bribery laws, for which individual offenses carry penalties of as long as 10 years in prison or an unlimited fine. The IMF had, in 2012, cancelled a $532 million loan to DRC for Gecamines’ failure to disclose the transfer of its stake in another ENRC project to a BVI-registered company controlled by Gertler.

While Gertler’s business empire sinks into international controversy, DRC has been teetering on the brink of a third civil war after Kabila failed to step down at the end of his two-term limit in December. Protests erupted across the country, prompting the Catholic Church to step in to broker an agreement between the government and the opposition.

This would see the president standing down at the end of 2017 after presidential elections, a scenario that most Congolese do not think he will do voluntarily. Besides, Kabila’s hugely popular challenger the wealthy businessman and former Katanga governor Moïse Katumbi – is in exile in Belgium, having been convicted in absentia for corruption and sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment.

If Kabila, his family and allies leave power, any successor is likely to confront endemic corruption to diminish his influence.

Documents from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting suggest that Kabila and his family control 120 mining permits and have direct and indirect links to a wide variety of businesses including banks, farms, fuel distributors, pharmaceutical suppliers and airlines.

Stripping away Kabila’s business empire could involve an anti-corruption drive that could sweep up Gertler and other friends of the President.

Israel’s response to Kabila’s fall

The mining baron may be tempted to secure backing from his Israeli connections to shore up the Kabila regime in one form or another, including the possibility that he could rule through his twin sister Jaynet Kabila or another puppet.

A step towards a Mobutu-style tyranny would precipitate another deadly conflict in a country that has lost a million lives due to past civil wars and foreign interventions.

The forces that were deployed to put down foreign-inspired rebellions in eastern DRC could be deployed against the Congolese opposition, bankrolled by Gertler and allegedly with the tacit approval of the Israeli security establishment. Such a scenario would drag Israel into a renewed conflict in the Great Lakes region.

Why would Israel get involved in Congo with such high stakes? In an article for the Jerusalem Post last April, Yossi Melman stated that a pro-Africa parliamentary lobby had been established in the Knesset to promote Israeli interests in the continent.

Interests fall into three main areas: the political-diplomatic interest in preventing anti-Israel UN resolutions, the promotion of economic ties and the strategic and military interest in advancing arms sales and combating terrorism.

Israel has traditionally trained and equipped the military guards around African dictators in the pursuit of these objectives.

Since the early 1970s, Israeli military industries and former military and intelligence officials have, with the backing of the Israeli security establishment, provided security assistance and arms to African dictators, including DRC’s former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Dan Gertler is intimately associated with Israel’s military, economic and political elite. He is close to several Israeli politicians, especially Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, founding leader of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party. He could seek to utilise these links to maintain DRC’s status quo.

However, there are signs that Israel is losing patience with its roving billionaires. In December, Gertler associate Benny Steinmetz who also earned his billions from diamond mining in Africa was put under house arrest under suspicion of bribery and money laundering in a long-running dispute over the $20 billion Simandou project in Guinea. He has yet to face charges and denies wrongdoing. Gertler may face a similar fate if his corporate activities come under the spotlight of investigation.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry has taken a greater role in international relations, eating into the power of the Defense Ministry, which has operated as a state-within-a-state. The involvement of diplomats in relations with Africa has moderated the more militaristic inclinations of the past.

In this context, diplomats will be cautioning the Israel not to involve themselves in the quagmire of Central African politics on Gertler’s behalf, mindful of the long-term damage this could do to its diplomatic leverage in Africa. In this case, Israel may warn the security establishment and associated freelancing mercenaries to abandon Gertler to secure influence in a post-Kabila scenario.

 

Exposing Africa and the Western Influences that Mine… the Kaupthing Claims

Dear Reader:
We ask that you read the original blog, URL below, from 2016. We were unable to post all of the various PDF documents that the author posted.
The blog begins with a series of emails from 2015 between attorneys at a firm in Israel and Millbank and includes information about the involvement of a number of other law firms. From the information on the Blog it appears that there was a concerted effort involvement numerous parties to exert pressure on parties involved in a series of lawsuits.
The story refers to a relationship entitled: the “Kaupthing/Gertler story.” Like Platinum, we believe that this story has taken far too long to find the exposure it so desperately requires.
We discovered in our investigations a number of links to corresponding Russian websites. They were apparently summarily removed from publication and finding them in the archives has also proven somewhat fruitless.
Apparently, Mr. Gertler and his associates have painstakingly worked to keep this story quiet. We request that you share these posts, the post from T.O.T. and anything else we manage to get out there. Mr. Gertler has allegedly defrauded dozens of people for millions of dollars.
He and his companies and associates bury people in years of litigation over what would otherwise be paltry sums compared to his net worth. Clearly Mr. Gertler and his associated law firms have both the finances and wherewithal to harass people scrub information.
We would like it to get the information “unscrubbed.” Anyone with information is invited to provide.

http://purifyingafrica.blogspot.co.il/2016/11/exposing-african-mafia-and-corruption.html

EXPOSING AFRICAN MAFIA AND CORRUPTION

 

PR campaign to put pressure on winding-up committee

Dori and Milbank met with Jonathan Russell of Lacing Limited, also on the afternoon of Monday 23 November, to discuss PR strategy. Jonathan suggests a two stage approach:

  • The first stage is to call journalists to create interest in the Kaupthing/Gertner story. The timing works well as Kaupthing is back in the media with its forthcoming composition.
  • The second stage (if deemed necessary) is to filter (to the same journalists) the story regarding Arrowsmith’s offer.

Next Stepts

25/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 6.5 Internal meeting with Scott Jardine and Matt Czyzyk. Drafting note on role of a HMRC in an IVA. Research into third party funding. Research into comparative CVA situation. Reading IRC v Wimbledon case, Research and drafting additional aspects of mem on challenges to an IVA to take into  account asset types, confidentiality, legal privilege, criminal offences, fraud and irregularity. Further discussion with Scott regarding required amendments.
25/11/2015 Raien Natalie 5.75 Attend meeting to discuss workflow. Research case law in relation to duties of the nominee and research of status of creditors as stated in the IVA proposal. Research of HMRC in relation to voluntary arrangements.
26/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Call to NIck Angel and discussing concerns about IVA proposal; reviewing emails concerning confidentiality; further discussion with Nick Angel, call from Nick Angel and discussing, arranging for Moshe Bordon to review court file and various emails to him.
26/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3.5 Further work on strategy paper, reviewing further materials to develop arguments, further factual research
26/11/2015 Kinninmont paul 0.5 Emails are Kaupthing and Clf (Bloomberg, internal). Reviewing consent order newly available on Court file; internal emails re same.
26/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.5 Research and drafting additional aspects of memo regarding challenges to an IVA. Meeting with Scott Jardine. Review of Gertner’s IVA proposal.
27/11/2015 Bordon Moshe 1.25 Attend High Court to check court filings for defence and counterclaim filing. Call to Commercial Court register
27/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.75 Reviewing email from Matt Czyzyk concerning strategy; internal meeting to discuss strategy and action plan; call with James Levy and Dori Klagsbald to update them, emails and discussion with Moshe Bordon about court file
27/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 3.75 IVA strategy challenge issues, PR ad approach; client, Jonathan Russell, Maitland and internal contact.
27/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3 Team meeting and strategy discussion, client call , case law and materials, further review of same and developing strategies, HBC call, various emails
27/11/2015 Kinninmont paul 0.5 Emails re bankruptcy petitions involving M Gertner (N Raine, S Jardine), Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
26/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3.5 …………..develop arguments, further factual research
26/11/2015 Kinninmont paul 0.5 Emails re Kaupthing and CLF (Bloomberg, internal), Reviewing consent order newly available on Court file; internal emails re same.
26/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.5 Research and drafting additional aspects of memo regarding challenges to an IVA. Meeting with Scott Jardine. Review of Gertner’s IVA proposal
27/11/2015 Bordon SEan 1.25 Attend High Court to check out filings for defense and counterclaim filing. Call to commercial Court registrar.
27/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.75 Reviewing email from matt Czyzyk concerning strategy; internal meeting to discuss strategy and action plan; call with James Levy and Dori Klagsbald to update them; emails and discussion with Moshe Bordon about court file.
27/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 3.75 IVA strategy challenge issues; PR and approach; client, Jonathan Russell, Maitland and internal contact
27/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3 Team meeting and strategy discussion, client call, case law and materials, further review of same and developing strategies, HBC call, various emails
27/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.5 Emails re bankruptcy petitions involving M Gertner (N Raine, S Jardine). Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
28/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.25 PR Issues; Jonathan Russell contact
30/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.75 Reviewing and amending draft letter to Simmons and email to NIck, Angel and Matt Czyzyk; emails to and from Nick Angel
30/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.25 PR progress; client, Jonathan Russell and internal contact
30/11/2015 Jardine Scott 0.5 Emails and research materials
30/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 1.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
24/11/2015 Czyzyk Mathew J 11 Consider application of Greystoke judgment. Develop list of questions to challenge IVA. Develop strategy for challenging IVA. Calls with JR regarding EL and terms. Mark-up EL and terms. Email  to Dori and James to summarise status.
24/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.5 Reviewing draft emails concerning next steps, strategy, Reviewing emails and email to Nick Angel and others and m Matt
24/11/2015 Harray Stuart M 2.25 Progressing letters issues and PR; client and internal con
24/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.5 NDA, voting analysis, legal research on various points re IVA disclosure and challenges, strategy discussion with MC
24/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.5 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, Internal). Brief research into new Kaupthing case.
24/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 4.25 Research and drafting additional aspects of memo on challenges to an IVA to take into account asset types. confidentiality, legal privilege, criminal offences, fraud and irregularity.
24/11/2015 Raine Natalie 2.75 Research inclusion of arbitration claims IVA. Draft and review non disclosure agreement with Lacing Limited.
25/11/2015 Angel Nichlas james 4 Call with counsel, analysis of arguments, review of paper for JR, review of confi issues re JR; call with JR
25/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 11.5 Internal catch-up. Call with -Martin Pascoe QC to discuss IVA. Call with J Russell to.discuss IVA disclosure. Draft letter to Simmons re IVA. Internal meeting regarding research on grounds for IVA challenge. Prepare note summarising grounds for challenge. Review Lacing engagement letter and terms.
23/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 8.25 Call with Dixcart to discuss Arrowsmith management. Meeting with MR to discuss hearing. Meeting with JR of Lacing to discuss PR strategy. Further research on breach of confidence.,Review IVA documents. Draft issues list relating to the IVA proposal.
23/11/2015 Charles Evans 2 Meeting with Dori Kingsblad and Mishcon de Reya, further meeting with Jonathan Russell.
23/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 2.25 Progress following Hearing outcome; Arrowsmith management issues; PR progress; client, Dixcart, Hassans, Jonathan Russell and internal contact.
23/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3.75 Attending court, discussing strategy and potential arguments  with team researching various points. of law inc HMRC preferential creditor and trust property„emails re same briefing SM and NR
23/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.5 Discussion with S McGuinness re this morning’s hearing; brief media search Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
23/11/2015 Mcguinness SeanJ. 3.75 Research into financial status of Orgate Limited and Fordgate Management Limited to determine M Gertner’s income. Research and drafting additional aspects of……….Unclear

FLEURETTE – GERTNER

19/11/2015 Jardine Scott 1.5 Call with counsel, strategy discussion with team, updating  research note, emails
19/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal )
19/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 4.25 Research and discussion with Matt Czyzyk. On the Israeli proceedings, whether docs are public. On the disclosure of the correspondence between Arrowsmith/Kaupthing, privilege and confidentiality issues Additions to note on challenges to the IVA Discussions with trainee. Giving instructions Cross border enforcement issues. Drafting email to US colleagues. on English Individual Voluntary Arrangements: Recognition in the United States
19/11/2015 Raine Natalie 4.75 Research law relating to bankruptcy petitions and disclosure
20/11/2015 Angel Nichlas james 3.5 Review of IVA proposal and related issues
20/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 6.5 Discuss law of confidentiality and privilege re disclosure of IVA and other documents. Review IVA documentation. Call with MR. Email to MR summarising available evidence re a challenge to an IVA. Finalise review of NDA and share comments with client Research case law on assets to be included in an IVA and confidentiality.
20/11/2015 Charles Evans 1 Reviewing IVA proposal and email to Nick Angel and Matt Czyzyk.
20/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Background material, client and internal contact
20/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.75 Initial review of IVA proposal, considering legal points and strategy, emails re same, briefing and discussing with SM and NR
20/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
19/11/2015 Raine Natalie 4.75 Research law relating to bankruptcy petitions and disclosure
20/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 3.5 Review of IVA proposal and related issues
20/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 6.5 Discuss law of confidentiality and privilege re disclosure of IVA and other documents. Review IVA documentation. Call with MR. Email to MR summarising available evidence re a challenge to an IVA. Finalise revIew of NDA And share comments with client. Research case law on assets to be included in an IVA and confidentiality.
20/11/2015 Charles Evans 1 Reviewing IVA proposal and email to Nick Angel and Matt Czyzyk
20/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Background material; client and internal contact
20/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.75 Initial review of IVA proposal, considering legal points and strategy, emails re same, briefing and discussing with SM and NR
20/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing /CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
20/11/2015 Raine Natalie 3 Research law relating to assets to be included in an IVA proposal. Research law relating to bankruptcy, petitions and disclosure.
22/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 0.5 Emails re call with Dixcart to discuss corporate matters re Arrowsmith
22/11/2015 Mcguinness SeanJ. 1.75 Research into case law concerning trusts in bankruptcy with a view to determining disclosure rules in relation to trust assets held beneficially by Gertner. Email correspondence with Scott Jardine
23/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 4 Meeting re Gertner bankruptcy hearing and follow-up, further analysis of IVA grounds to challenge
23/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 8.25 Call with Dixcart to discuss Arrowsmith management. Meeting with MR to discuss hearing. Meeting with JR of Lacing to ……Unclear
17/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 5.5 Meeting with Jonathan Russell…….Discuss and research obtaining public information on bankruptcy petition, Internal discussions on recognition of IVA overseas. Review and update IVA memorandum
17/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25  Meeting with Jonathan Russell and discussing with Nick Angel
17/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 2.25 Client, Lacing and Internal contact
17/11/2015 Jardine Scott 0.5 Bankruptcy petition status queries
17/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
17/11/2015 Raine Natalie 3 Review of information relation to bankruptcy petition and research of IVAs
18/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 1 Review of PR suggestion, calls Mischon, corres with DK
18/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 4.75 Discuss and consider the type of assets that will be included in an IVA Review and update IVA memo. Review draft CFL NDA.
18/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.5 Emails concerning possible call; reviewing Jonathan Russell’s proposal and email to Nick Angel
18/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Progressing issues; Internal contact
18/11/2015 Jardine Scott 0.75 Discussing various points with NR and SM, emails
18/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
18/11/2015 Mcguinness SeanJ. 2.25 Updating due diligence report with view to sharing with PR advisers. Review of Icelandic special prosecutor’s report
18/11/2015 Raine Natalie 2.5 Research assets and unsecured claims in an IVA
19/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 2.5 Call with Mishcon to catch-up: call with their counsel re strategy for Monday
19/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 4.5 Research and discussion on disclosure of litigation paper and exchanges with winding up committee in a potential IVA. Review CFL NDA. Call with MR to discuss documents received in opposition of bankruptcy petition Administration re payment of Iceland counsel invoice.
17/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 2 Finalise and email letter of response to Simmons, Initial call Arith Jonathan Russell regarding PR strategy
17/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 PR progress progressing issues, client, Lacing and internal

contact

17/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, Internal)
17/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 2 Drafting note on opposition to IVAs. Discussion with Matt C. Review of indicative IVA tImeline. Instructions to secretary. Further amendments.
17/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 5 Pre-call with PR agent Follow up call with client and PR agent Lma I to MR regarding correspondence Review memo regarding IVA law
17/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 2.25 PR calls progressing issues, client, Lacing and internal contact
18/11/2015 Jardine Scott 1.5 Call with new PR includIng pre-call in morning status update with MC
18/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg/Internal)
18/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 2 Call re PR strategy and meeting with PR consultant
12/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 3 Call with Maitland to discuss PR strategy. Update letter of response to Simmons. Emails with client regarding letter of response. Call with client to discuss response strategy
12/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.25 Emails from and to Nick Angel
12/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 Client, Maitland and internal contact
12/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg/Internal)
12/11/2015 Mcguinness 1.25 Finalizing draft of note Discussion with Senior Associate. Review of Kapoor case and Ebbvale case.
13/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 2 Finalise and email letter of response to Simmons. Initial call with Jonathan Russell regarding PR strategy
13/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 PR strategy;  PR progress progressing issues, client, Lacing and internal contact
13/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg/Internal)

FLEURETTE – GERTNER

09/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg re Kaupthing CLF; Internal emails re same
09/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 2 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Instructions to trainee. Research into IVA case law. Review of insolvency rules and powers of court.
09/11/2015 Raine Natalie 6 Review translation of Icelandic commission report. Research case law on challenge to a nominee in an IVA. Draft memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA.
10/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 4 Call Hannah BC / Stuart Harray, review of proposed letter, call with Counsel, internal discussion and review corres.
10/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 7 Call with Martin Pascoe QC to discuss Kaupthing claims and next steps. Update letter of response to Simmons. Draft summary email of correspondence, prepare note summarising evidence collated so far demonstrating collateral purpose/good faith. Discuss memo regarding IVA law with Natalie
10/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Car with Martin Pascoe and discussing with Nick Angel ; reviewing draft letter to Simmons and amending and email to Nick Angel, emails to and from Nick Angel and Matthew Czyzyk
10/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.75 Client,  Maitland and internal contact
10/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF
10/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 0.75 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Instructions to trainee.
10/11/2015 Raine Natalie 4 Draft memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA.
10/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 4 Call Hannah BC / Stuart Harray; review of proposed letter, call with Counsel internal discussion and review corres.
10/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 7 Call with Martin Pascoe QC to discuss Kaupthing claims and next steps. Update letter of response to Simmons. Draft summary email of correspondence, prepare note summarising evidence collated so far demonstrating collateral purpose/good faith. Discuss memo regarding IVA law with Natalie
10/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Car with Martin Pascoe and discussing with Nick Angel ; reviewing draft letter to Simmons and amending and email to Nick Angel, emails to and from Nick Angel and Matthew Czyzyk
10/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.75 Client,  Maitland and internal contact
10/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF
10/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 0.75 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Instructions to trainee.
10/11/2015 Raine natalie 4 Draft memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA.
11/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 1 Call with DK; follow up with team and review of corres
11/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 2.25 All parties catch up call. Emails with Andy Donald of Maitland. Update letter of response to Simmons.
11/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.25 Reviewing and amending draft letter and email to Nick Angel
11/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.75 Client and internal contact
11/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF
11/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 2 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Email correspondence with trainee. Internal discussion. Further review of insolvency rules. Checking.
11/11/2015 Raine natalie 4.5 Review memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA
12/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 0.75 Call to discuss PR issues and follow-up
04/11/2015 Jardine Scott 5 ………………………….Gertners, existing litigation against WUC members, case law for challenging an IVA, strategy re responding to. S&S with MC, NDA with NR
04/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Court file (Bloomberg, internal)
04/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 0.5 Review of correspondence between Simmons and Simmons and Mischon De Reya.
04/11/2015 Raine natalie 7.25 Compile background case-law research, Research grounds for challenging a nominee. Arrange Icelandic translations of commission report. Draft non-disclosure agreement.
05/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 0.5 Update re litigation proceedings and follow up from PR candidate drop-out.
05/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 1.75 Internal catch up to discuss case law and related memo
05/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.25 Discussion of case law research with SS, NR and MC, reviewing materials, researching Kaupthing representatives who had spoken to MdR
05/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg; internal emails re Kaupthing / CLF
05/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.75 Meeting with team. Discussion with Scott Jardine and Matt Czyzyk regarding drafting of memo for client concerning potential arguments that may be raised to challenge Kaupthing vote on the IVA and defend CFL vote. Instructions to trainee. Research into case law. preparing case law index, Correspondence with litigation team regarding Bloomberg searches.
05/11/2015 Raine natalie 2.5 Research law relating to ability to challenge a nominee in an

VAT.

06/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 4 Consideration of strategy, review of Kaupthing correspondence.
05/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg; internal emails re Kaupthing / CLF
05/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.75 Meeting with team. Discussion with Scott Jardine and Matt Czyzyk regarding drafting of memo for client concerning potential arguments that may be raised to challenge Kaupthing vote on the IVA and defend CFL vote, Instructions to trainee. Research into case law. preparing case law index, Correspondence with litigation team regarding Bloomberg searches.
05/11/2015 Raine natalie 2.5 Research law relating to ability to challenge a nominee in an IVA
06/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 4 Consideration of strategy; review of Kaupthing correspondence, preparation of revised draft
06/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 1.5 Discuss and update letter of response to Kaupthing. Review particulars of claim
06/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Emails from and to Stuart Harray
06/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.5 Client and internal contact
06/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg re Kaupthing CLF
08/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.75 Amending draft letter
09/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 1.5 Updating letter of response. Emails with counsel.
09/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.25 Email from and to Nick Angel and emails to Matt Czyzyk.
09/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.25 Client and internal contact
03/11/2015 Jardine Scott 5.75 Call with MdR, researching various legal and factual issues, IVA process with NR, SM and case law, team meeting, discussing with MC of meeting with client representatives.
03/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, Internal)
03/11/2015 Raine natalie 4.75 Meeting to discuss workflow and strategy. Prepare flowchart detailing time frame for an IVA. Run translations of report into the causes of the collapse of the Icelandic banks in 2008.
04/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 2.25 Meeting with Dori Klagsbald, review of correspondence, subsequent session re reply to S&S other letter. Call with PR candidate and follow up.

FLEURETTE – GERTNER

04/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 9.75 Meeting with Dori Klagsbald. Meeting with Dragon Review memorandum from Rettur. Review Rettur EL. Review Black Cube research note Review draft letter prepared by Black Cube. Discuss NDA draft. Review response from Simmons setting out rationale for refusal Drafting response to Simmons
04/11/2015 Charles Evans 3 Email to and from Nick Angel, reviewing documents provided by Dori Klagsbald and email to Nick Angel, meeting with Dori Klagsbald and others and discussing with Nick Angel, amending note of call with Simmons and email to Nick Angel
04/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 Client and internal contact
04/11/2015 Jardine Scott 5 Researching Kaupthing VVUC members and possible links to Gertners, existing litigation against WUC members, case law for challenging an IVA, strategy re responding to S&S with MC, NDA with NR
04/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Court file (Bloomberg, Internal)
02/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Client and internal contact
02/11/2015 Jardine Scott 6.25 Team catch-up, call with Icelandic counsel, call with private investigators, IVA case law and procedure, opportunities to challenge, factual research, illegality of loans risk, briefing SM and NR on various tasks
02/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.75 Emails with Bloomberg to arrange daily checking of Court file/ hearing list in Kaupthing /CLF cases; updates emails (internal). Discussion with C Evans re documents on / updates to Court file in Kaupthing and CLF; emails re same.
02/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.5 Research in respect of collateral purpose and unfair prejudice in terms of challenging an IVA. Discussions with Scott Jardine and trainee Review of information on Gertner and Gertler dispute. Liaising with litigation colleagues regarding bankruptcy searches and case progressions searches on Bloomberg.
02/11/2015 Raine natalie 3.5 Prepare flowchart detailing time frame for an IVA; Meeting to discuss status and next steps.
03/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 5 Meeting, pre-meeting and review of strategy, follow-up call with HBL & Mishcon. Review of documents provided by client.
03/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 7 Team meeting to discuss next steps. Revise workstream plan. Meeting with Dori. Meeting with PR team. Discuss email from Simmons re refusal of offer. Further background research, including on Nessergy link to claims. Review and discuss IVA summary note
03/11/2015 Charles Evans 3 Considering emails and Nessergy announcement and email to Stuart Harray. Meeting with Nick Angel and others; meeting wIth Dori Klagsbald and others. Email from Nick Angel and Matt Czyzyk and cal! to Nick Angel to discuss.

FLEURETTE GERTNER

02/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 4 Meetings with PR team and calls with Simmons, review of workstreams and Icelandic legal advice; corres with Simmons
02/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 4.25 Team meeting. summary rote of workstreams. Draft and email scope of work to Rettur. Call with Rettur to discuss findings. Initial call with MCI
02/11/2015 Charles Evans 3 Meeting with Nick Angel and others; meeting with Dragon Associates; with Nick Angel speaking to Robert Turner, email from and to Nick Angel; discussing with Paul Kinninmont court searches and email to Nick Angel; email from Robert Tutmer, reviewing sinks and emails to and from Nick Angel and Stuart Harray
02/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Client and internal contact
02/11/2015 Jardine Scott 6.25 Team catch-up call with Icelandic counsel, call with private investigators, IVA case law and procedure, opportunities to challenge, factual research, illegality of loans risk, briefing SM and NR on various tasks
02/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.75 Emails with Bloomberg to arrange daily checking of Court file / hearing list in Kaupthing /CLF cases, updates emails (internal). Discussion with C Evans re documents on updates to Court fie in Kaupthing and CLF , emails re same

Fundamentalism of the Haredi Kind – The Haredi Brand of Hamas, Next they Start Teaching Children to Blow Themselves Up…

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http://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/kill-next-woman-soldier-you-see-says-flier-against-haredi-idf-service-494466

‘Kill next woman soldier you see’ reads flier against haredi IDF service

In a severe escalation of incitement against haredi (ultra-Orthodox) enlistment in the IDF, a flyer was recently distributed in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods that called for the murder of women soldiers, IDF commanders and anyone involved in recruiting haredi men into the army.

Until now, the campaign against haredi IDF service has refrained from calling for violence, sufficing instead with severe incitement and vitriolic verbal attacks against haredi soldiers, officers and recruiters.

The flyer, however, is very different from materials normally printed and distributed by such groups. Some doubt has surfaced as to whether the flyers were part of the central anti-enlistment campaign because its wording is unlike that of standard pashkavillim, public notices commonly used in the haredi community.

It was also not professionally printed, as are regular pashkavillim and anti-haredi military service materials.

The flyer, titled “A Ruling of Jewish Law,” instructs young haredi men who are drafted into the IDF: “If they take you by force to the army of destruction, it is permitted for you and you must do the following actions: Take the rifle that you received and kill any woman soldier you come across so she merits [the precept of] ‘be killed instead of transgressing.’ Kill any [IDF] commander who holds you [in the army] by force. Kill anyone who drafts or entices or helps [to draft haredi men].”

The notice also said that soldiers should kill themselves in order to fulfill the precept of ‘be killed instead of transgressing,’ which in normative Jewish law applies only to instances in which one must murder, engage in forbidden sexual relationships or commit idolatry.

Police are investigating the source of the pamphlet, which incites to violence.

For the last four years, extremists in the ultra-Orthodox community have waged a campaign against haredi men serving in the IDF out of belief that the state is trying to eradicate their religious identity by secularizing them in the army.

Ultra-Orthodox IDF soldiers, officers and officials involved in encouraging haredi enlistment have frequently been subjected to verbal abuse, physical assault, harassment and even death threats. Flyers, posters and booklets inciting against haredi IDF enlistment have been published and disseminated in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.

A poster that is certainly part of the anti-enlistment campaign, which was disseminated earlier this week in Bnei Brak and Beit Shemesh, promises as much as NIS 810 to haredi children if they verbally abuse haredi soldiers.

The poster lauded an incident last month in which a haredi child engaged in abusive behavior toward a haredi soldier and was detained by the police.

The poster noted that the child’s behavior was “in keeping with the Torah and the instructions of the leading rabbis who have ruled that one must disgrace [haredi soldiers].”

“Remember pure children! You are on the side of Torah, the side of God, you will be victorious! These evil people will not succeed in destroying your future,” reads the poster, which refers to haredi soldiers as “hardak,” an insult meaning weak-minded haredi.

“But, so that we too will have a portion in your massive merit, we have decided to grant to all children who they dare to put in a police patrol car – because he fulfilled the religious commandment to shout ‘hardaks get out’ – a present or voucher worth NIS 530, a number that has the numeric value of ‘hardaks get out now,’” states the poster.

Any child struck during the arrest, the poster promises, will receive a further award of NIS 290, the numeric value of “fist.”

Only those under the age of 15 qualify for the reward, which will be delivered to the child’s house, according to the poster.

Police have stepped up efforts in recent months to counter assaults against haredi IDF soldiers, conducting arrests and investigations against those behind the incitement campaign.

http://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/kill-next-woman-soldier-you-see-says-flier-against-haredi-idf-service-494466

Bnei Brak Parents too Afraid to Report that their Children are Being Molested

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http://www.jewishcommunitywatch.org/bnei-brak-molests-children-parents-afraid-react/

A Bnei Brak Teacher Molests Children but Parents are Too Afraid to React

Last night Israeli Channel 2 broadcasted another horrifying story from Bnei Brak, where a number of parents believe that one of the teachers has been sexually abusing their children for a several years. When approached, the principal confirmed that the suspect “strokes children – it’s true, no doubt about it.”

Nevertheless, the parents are frightened to take the matter further. Unfortunately, due to the culture of silence in their community, not one of these parents has so far been willing to approach the police to make a formal complaint.

One parent was recorded anonymously. He told how, “My wife said to me, ‘Don’t do it. You’ll pay a heavy price. Why are you getting involved in this story?’”

“Three years now L is raping children and everybody’s silent! Is this Torah education?!” the parent added.

Racheli Roshgold of Lo Tishtok, an NGO which combats sexual violence in the Haredi community, said, “I have personally witnessed the absolute fear that reigns within this Chassidic sect. More people were in touch with me, but they adamantly refuse to be revealed, they’re not willing to go to the police, despite my attempts to persuade them. And they also explain with great pain why they are unable to speak to the police.”

The voice of another parent with a child in the school was also broadcast anonymously: “There’s nothing we can do, we’re frightened, we have nowhere else to send the children, if not this school. And they threatened us that if we go to the police or co-operate with the investigations, then they’ll kick us out of the system.”

You can watch the full report in Hebrew here.

http://makostorepdl-a.akamaihd.net/SHORT/CH22_NEWS/2017/05/20more_talnud_tora_vtr2_n20170528_v1/20more_talnud_tora_vtr2_n20170528_v1_500.mp4 

 

 

T.O.T Reports – Crusaders Fighting Sexual Abuse in Israel

Is Desecrating the Shabbat Okay if it Allows the Haredim to Celebrate?

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Originally Posted on FrumWatch: https://www.facebook.com/frumwatch/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228632

Haredim are not disciplined, they do what they want’

Northern police rabbi says haredi community can’t have it both ways, haredi community forces police to desecrate Shabbat against their will.

Israel Police North Division Rabbi Anshel Friedman on Wednesday morning spoke about the recent complaints about how Israel Police are preparing for the upcoming Lag Baomer celebrations.

Thousands of police officers will be expected to desecrate Shabbat in order to prepare for the influx of thousands of Israelis and tourists who will come to Meron on Saturday night and Sunday.

Lag Baomer is the anniversary of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s passing. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, also known by his initials as “Rashbi” is believed to be the author of the Zohar.

“You want the police to keep Shabbat?” Rabbi Friedman said. “The haredi community is not disciplined, and it does what it wants. For instance, on Friday afternoon, about 10-15 minutes after Shabbat starts, cars carrying haredim travel up the mountain – and the police have to be there to stop it.”

In an interview with the Kol Barama Radio, Rabbi Friedman said the police have “no interest” in working on Shabbat, and in fact want the police officers to rest on Shabbat.

“Until the haredi community, and other religious communities, decide they will not arrive in Meron before Sunday morning, the Israel Police will be forced to desecrate Shabbat in order to be on the scene when they are needed,” he said.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228632