Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Family’s disappointment at inquest findings on HMS Richmond sailor found dead in the Seychelles

 

A coroner has decided that a sailor who died from the effects of alcohol and heroin probably had the drug adminstered to him by someone else.

Engineering Technician Charles Warrender, who was 22 and served in HMS Richmond, was found dead in the Seychelles in May last year.

His family are upset at the inquest verdict, saying they believe he was unlawfully killed.
ET Warrender was found dead in a park in the Seychelles capital Victoria, with his socks and shoes beside him and an empty wallet. A quantity of high-grade heroin had been sprinkled over his chest.

He had been on a night off as part of the crews’s celebrations of the Queen’s birthday.
Giving a narrative conclusion at the inquest, Grimsby and North Lincolnshire Coroner Paul Kelly said: “There was no objective evidence of illicit drug use by the deceased. The overdose was likely administered by a third party.”

But the sailor’s mother, Kate Warrender, told The Lincolnshire Echo: “We are disappointed with the conclusion. We expected a conclusion of unlawful killing. We believe that he was murdered.”



She said she felt there were still a lot of unanswered questions about her son’s death.
The inquest was told that ET Warrender had breached military rules by catching a taxi on his own after a night out with his crew mates.

The coroner said ET Warrender would be aware that his Royal Navy career would be in jeopardy if he tested positive for drugs and that he had an aversion to needles.
He said: “There is a possibility a theft was a reason for his death.”

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

THE DAY OF RECKONING

THE DAY OF RECKONING, is upon us.
In a couple of hours’ time, later this morning the Seychelles Constitutional Court will pronounce on the Presidential Election petition before it.
Who will be the victors?
What lessons are there to learn from this event and things/failures that led to it? Who failed?
Have the people been failed?
Will there be any regrets?
The wait has been long. Today all await with much anxiety and trepidation.
This landmark case is sure to still have ripples years down the line, long after a number of heads have rolled. The case and its rulings will have huge implications on various levels. Whilst the case clearly defines the petitioner and the defendants, the case has a direct and immediate importance for the life of the nation, for democracy and the people and these will have been a major consideration when the hammer finally falls later. It is the people and democracy that have been the biggest losers these past few elections.
What exactly would constitute a victory or a loss? For whom?
Everyone has an opinion on what the verdict will be but the truth is that the outcome is difficult to know. Whilst both sides (parties who contested the 2nd. Round) have called their supporters down for the occasion, by a sleek move the CJ diffused the potential explosive gathering by having live airing of the proceedings on both the TV and Radio. Even given the fact that the people, by any standard, are very docile and peaceful and totally against violence, the preventing of a concentration of potential explosive mix of feelings, tempers and colours is a welcomed preventive move. Hopefully the police force nationwide will emulate the CJ and take the necessary precautions to keep the peace nationwide.
For that reason it is probably best that the part of the case that deals with the life of the nation and democracy, i.e. the defiance in the electoral process be dealt with first and hard. And leave the climax for last. That I think will be the order that will be followed.
Stress and threats must be made if necessary (in the ruling) that changes must be made in the electoral process and that the Electoral Commission and Commissioner as well as the national Assembly be held to task. Threats mainly because last year the EC chose to ignore the court’s order to provide an electronic version of the voters list, until JAM gave the go ahead weeks later. Putting the country in such predicament must be avoided at all cost and peace must always prevail. I suspect that this is the line of thinking that will be the order of the day as this creates the feeling of some victory for democracy.
I do not expect the CJ to be particularly amused that the bench would have been robbed of the chance to call a recount. Such a ruling would have been rendered utterly useless as a number of
voting boxes were not sealed and that in some cases the official voters list used in the voting station were not inappropriately kept which meant that they could easily have given rise to tampering. Established procedures were, it seems, deliberately not followed.
Clearly the ruling would also move to close any gaps (if any) in the laws and court regulations that allows or rejects evidences so that proper justice can be delivered
National Peace being so important is in fact what, in my opinion, is a major factor in this case. – one that is not and could not be presented in evidence. Link that to the fact that it is not the easiest thing to un-sit a sitting president and you get the impression that if there was/is any threat of major disturbance then in all probability fresh elections would be ordered. Seeing such a calm and peaceful populace on one hand and on the other a set of leaders who call for calm and tranquillity (of a docile peaceful population on top of that!) and is already getting the people to focus on the second chance (the NA Elections in a couple of months) clears the way for the ruling in favour of retaining the current president.
What business the set of leaders had calling the peaceful and docile population to calm, these last few weeks? It is most objectionable that they would assume this pious and righteous image. What was the need to ask a perfectly peaceful population to calm. That was totally unnecessary. You don’t call people out for disturbance and violence; but none have the right to presume the worst and call for calm. Do you find the ruling party calling for calm and tranquillity? These guys have no problem bashing people’s head in.
Yes the people are angry, very angry. Not only are the people angry with the regime in place for having to play on an uneven electoral playing field, and with the Electoral Commission for the same reasons, but the masses are especially angry with their own leadership for allowing this situation to persist. The people are angry because the electoral list is statistically impossible. This would have directly caused the opposition to lose all lections since 2002; yet the opposition leadership comes out saying that there is nothing wrong with the electoral list. Just do the maths – we have more voters than population. Why would the opposition not seek to make the necessary correction to that voters list. It was so easy to do so with the previous Electoral Act. One just cannot stop wondering why?
The masses are also angry that this new Electoral Act that came in force in May 2015, (an Act imposed by JAM and which bore no resemblance to the work of the joint commission) and which was a major step backwards was not only never challenged in court (and that would have had the effect of delaying any elections) but it was sold as a step forward.
The masses are angry with their leadership who were absent in the NA when the Bill for the New Electoral Act was proposed (because of a miss guided boycott of the 2011 elections). If they were in the assembly they could have fought against the Act in the current form. They may not have won but they could have put up a massive fight, made much noise and educate themselves and the masses about what was/is lacking in that Act.
The masses are angry about the boycott of 2011 elections that produced no results, but then boycott of elections as a tool to remove entrenched dictatorship has never ever been effective anywhere. The masses also angry that TWO YEARS were spent drafting the new act which was just
simply ignored by JAM, who imposed his own version. Clearly that two year sitting is what should have been boycotted as the other key person (JAM) refused to participate from start.
The masses are also very angry that the leaders who would have cross over from PL/SPPF and who, in past elections, would have used certain fraudulent tactics to win elections did not use the same tactics in opposition’s favour nor did they prevent the ruling party using it. That would have had made all the difference then.
Clearly the masses have many concerns and reasons to be mad. However all expressions of the same will be dampened because of the pending NA Elections, and the hope of a final win then --if as I believe there is no third round.
Heads will only roll after that and the 2020 Presidential Elections will be something new -- hopefully democratic and transparent on an even playing field. There’s lots of expectations in the air.
Viral Dhanjee
Union Vale
31st. May, 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Is she the right person to represent the district of Anse Royale?


Here is the person who has been chosen by the opposition to be the candidate for LDS for the district of Anse Royale.

When she disagrees with your opinion, the barage of vulgarity that she spits out is very disturbing indeed.

Will she be using the same tactics with the people of Anse Royale who she might not agree with because of their political affiliations?

Below i have some of her responses to others prior to the presidential elections that was held on the 5th and the 18th of Dec 2015.



Flory Larue on Patrick Pillay and Ahmed Affif:


Monday, 9 May 2016

Seychelles President offshore account In The BVI

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Projects launched by Mahinda in Seychelles collapse

Several projects launched in Seychelles by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure, are on the brink of closure, media reports said today.
Bank of Ceylon (BOC), Sri Lanka Insurance, Mihin Lanka and Nawaloka Hospital opened up their respective offices coinciding with Rajapaksa’s visit to Seychelles in June 2014.
Sources told The Sunday Leader that operations of Sri Lanka Insurance curtailed reportedly within a period of two months. According to employees of the insurance company, the Seychelles office was intended to be ‘temporary’ as the decision to close the operation was taken at the very inception. Nawaloka Hospital Seychelles is scheduled to cease its operations by the end of this month after reportedly recording a loss of Rs 5.2 million, hospital employees said.

It is also speculated that Mihin Lanka is likely to cease its operations to Seychelles.
Meanwhile Bank of Ceylon (BOC), Seychelles Branch was reporting tremendous loses and its staff was limited to three employees. However the Bank was upbeat on turning around.
“I started working in this from on the 22 January 2015. Before that this branch was incurring a loss of SCR (Seychellois Rupees) 440,000 which is approximately 4,976,400 in Sri Lankan Rupees. When I took over the branch in 2015 I did some changes. Now the customer base has gone up to eight hundred and fifty out of which two hundred and fifty are Sri Lankans domiciled in Seychelles. Meantime, profits have increased. This went on record as the first overseas branch to report profits within one and half years,” BoC Seychelles Country Manager R.A. Kularathne told The Sunday Leader.
BoC had reported a profit of Rs 32 million in 2015, The Sunday Leader learns.
However, the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the Republic of Seychelles Tikiri Herath Gunathilaka said that despite some of Rajapaksa’s pet projects closing down, many other Sri Lankan companies were interested in commencing operations in  Seychelles.
“In fact discussions regarding setting up a branch of Lanka Hospitals is ongoing.”
He further stated that it is easy to start companies but the lack of proper strategy to continue those companies is the main reason for such failures.  Nevertheless, he stressed that the speculation on closing down of the BOC branch was false and there was great potential for Sri Lankan investments related to health, higher education, fisheries and other businesses in Seychelles.
He further pointed out that negotiations are currently underway between two countries in relation to the establishment of a Buddhist temple to forge stronger cultural ties. (Colombo Gazette)

 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Rotten Onions LDS Inner Circle


Guys. This is not going to be an easy one. I am being asked to comment on a recording posted that I never heard. Like most people I never got to hear the recording posted, which apparently had to do with a dialogue of sorts I had with Martin Aglae.

I have 2 recording of Martin Aglae, the first from the 6th. April which was his Press Conference (and that was recorded by a number of people present) and the second on the 08th April, also at his office.
There were 3 people at the second meeting. Apart from Martin and myself there was also a certain Mr, Dave, Martin’s deputy. That second one was a dialogue mainly between Martin and myself.
Martin is an intelligent guy, which explains why he quickly made it up the ladders in quite a few different opposition parties and in such a short time. He must in a way or another have impressed the leaders of these various parties, or were they so desperate that they all had special passes to allow unvetted newcomers and unknowns into their inner circles.

If one goes by the line that Martin is not intelligent, then that too is ok but it would say volumes of our leaders to allow themselves to be so impressed by Martin (who some say is not intelligent). Not only that but the leaders would have to explain how and why they would allow an unvetted and unknown person within their inner circles so quickly. They have done that not only with Martin. They would have done before and again after the 2015 elections. Guys we have a serious elections round the corner and we need our best team out there.

My only previous meeting (in all senses) with Martin had been some 18-24 months ago, when I had, at my request, met him (at the Yatch Club) for I had wanted to know him better and to know why he seemed to be all over the place. Did he have any principles and if so what. Did he have any loyalty? And if so to whom? I do not have a recording of the Yatch Club meeting. Maybe Martin has.

A number of people would have heard the recordings of my meeting some 3 weeks ago now. The recording would have made many rounds since then. I have no idea who would have heard the recording I have, but I imagine quite a few would have had. Not that I am bothered in any way, neither would I think Martin would be. He is/was in need of publicity and especially that his message be heard. Publicity he obviously gets plenty, especially with this recording posted, but clearly he gets much more than that.
video

Martin’s Press Conference practically left no doubt as to who were behind the ‘stealing’ of the Linyon Sanzman name. They too get much attention these days. The dialogue I had with him two days later clearly reinforces this. It is up to the listener to make up their minds. What was also clear from both the Press Conference and the dialogue with him was that the names of previous persons suspected/believed to have been linked to the ‘stealing of the name Linyon Sanzman were all cleared up but that did not diminish the interest into who may be behind Martin. That suddenly became a lot more interesting because people in the inner circles of LDS were being implicated. Martin himself, I now understand, was part of that LDS inner circle and attended their key meetings.

The amount of interest the recording posted by Gary Tall is therefore so natural. Unknown to any of you, but after the recording released by Gary, I would have been really bad mouthed by people Martin mentioned to me in during my dialogue with him. Again if necessary and if I can get necessary help I can post the same. This only reinforces the names Martin named.

The proposition, plan, strategy and game plan put forward by Martin impressed no one as he seemed to be talking from both sides of his mouth at the same time. His game plan defeated his said objectives. He had committed a political suicide and would not listen to reason. . I emphasized the need to for a common force at this critical moment. He understood that but..... Obviously he had no mandate for that.

Martin was to have me again a couple of days later and also again the day after the recording come out a couple of days ago. On both occasions he never turned up which leaves me believing that he is being stage managed.

I understand that Martin was also interviewed by RDS the week before but the interview is yet to be aired, if at all. I hope they do if they are to be a voice. I understand that RDS have not aired that particular interview in fear that it would hurt the LDS, opposition party. My opinion is that not identifying and removing rotten onions amongst us is what will hurt us. For our own good we really should put an end to this back door path to the inner circles of the party.

I want to thank all the people who have contacted me to load my copy of the dialogue with Martin on FB. Should the original post not turn up again, then I will be able to do so. Hopefully the Press Conference will also be loaded as it is important to hear his message and how anti – Wavel he (they) is/are. I understand that the original recording is to be re-posted. If not then I am getting my recordings posted.

I take this opportunity to wish all workers everywhere a happy Worker’s Day.
English River
30th. April, 2016

Saturday, 9 April 2016

How the Seychelles saved Syria


Against the backdrop of recent territorial gains, the cessation of hostilities and a peace process in Geneva that is rumbling along, President Bashar al-Assad seems more secure than ever after five years of conflict in Syria.
When people ask how he managed to stay in power despite the country having its economy collapse in half, hundreds of thousands killed, one in two Syrians being forced from their homes and the conflict dragging in four of the five UN P5 members of the Security Council, you wouldn't necessarily think about the Seychelles.
Yet as the Panama Papers, the biggest leak in global history, has shown, the idyllic archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa has played its part in keeping Assad in the Presidential Palace in Damascus.

What this demonstrates is that what appears from a distance to be an insular, authoritarian regime far more proficient in the tools of medieval warfare than modern capitalism, has actually used the levers of globalisation well to protect its interests.

Evasion of sanctions 

What the 11.5 million leaked documents reveal is that three Syrian companies close to the government - Maxima Middle East Trading, Morgan Additives Manufacturing and Pangates International - used the already infamous Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca to create shadow or shell companies in the Seychelles to avoid the increasing pressure of global sanctions.
Considering how near the regime was to collapse before the Russian intervention, this evasion of sanctions is fairly significant. The Panama Papers suggest it paid for fuel that kept Syria's Air Force helicopters and airplanes in the air.
Modern tactics of moving money through tax havens, loopholes and front companies allowed for pre-modern tactics of dropping barrels filled with explosives on urban areas.


Another way of looking at it is that tax-dodging has cost lives.
The state and nature of Syria's economy was among the triggers of the conflict back in 2011. David Butter's major Chatham House report into the Syrian economy outlined how "economic grievances were an important factor underlying the uprising against the Assad regime".
Aron Lund, from Carnegie, explained that "for decades, the Syrian regime has been mired in corruption, benefiting from the exploitation of state regulations, bribery, and organised crime at every level of the system".
Bashar al-Assad's presidency saw an opening up of the Syrian economy with the introduction of private banking and a stock exchange among a huge raft of changes.
Yet as the renowned Syria scholar Raymond Hinnebusch wrote back, in 2012 the pressures of privatisation led the Syrian leadership to appropriate public sector assets for themselves, to enrich presidential families and ministers and private investors allied with them in "networks of privilege".

Nowhere is this network of privilege more apparent than in Assad's maternal cousins Rami and Hafez Makhlouf. Some estimates put their worth at $5bn before the war, with control of up to 60 percent of the Syrian economy.
They have been the target of international sanctions, including US sanctions, since 2008 and 2007 respectively, and the EU since 2011, suspected of controlling key gateways to Syria's oil and telecoms business.
Yet via a firm in Panama, the Makhloufs were able to continue to operate.
Frederik Obermaier, co-author of the Panama Papers story and an investigative reporter at the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, told Democracy Now: "they [Mossack Fonseca] realised that he [Makhlouf] was the cousin, and they realised that he was sanctioned, and they realised that he's allegedly one of the financiers of the Syrian regime. And they said, 'Oh, there is this bank who still does business with him, so we should still keep with him, as well'."

A focus on the traditional attributes of the economy of the state (ie, its industries, export and imports, etc) needs to be complemented by an understanding of the economy of the regime and the networks of privilege and corruption that comprise its core.

What has happened in Syria is that a corrupt economy became a corrupt war economy that was able to take advantage of a system blown open by the Panama Papers.
It's worth remembering that this is not the first leak to embarrass the regime. Another set of leaks, emails from 2011, showed Minister of Presidential Affairs Mansour Azzam sending Assad potential options for Russian private jets among rumours of an exit strategy being put together.
It would appear that Assad is no longer in urgent need of an exit strategy. However, he could use the private jet to visit the Seychelles or Panama to thank those who have helped him to remain in power.
The Panama Papers have shone a light on the economic activities of the regime that have stayed for too long in the shadows and, with the amount of information leaked, we know that there is lots more to come.

 http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/04/seychelles-saved-syria-160407085452247.html