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    Brexit illegal campaign financing

    I´ve earlier posted on the fact that Brexit was orchestratedby the Queen Elizabeth controlled SCL Group to keep the UK the money launderingparadise of the world:
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    In 2015, Arron Banks’ insurance business Southern Rock was bailed out, just months before Banks began bankrolling the Leave.EU referendum campaign to which he donated £8.4 million.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    One of the 2 campaign vehicles that received Banks’ £8.4millions, Better for the Country Ltd, was set up by STM.

    If Southern Rock Insurance had gone bankrupt this could havemade Banks’ UK insurance broker Eldon collapse.
    Regulators made Southern Rock promise not to make any payments to Banks without their prior written consent. After in 2014 PwC concluded that Southern Rock wasn’t a healthy company, Banks had to resign as CEO, with his longstanding associate Alan Kentish (another Southern Rock director).
    Banks’ ties to Kentish and STM go back to at least 2004, when Kentish became a founding director of Southern Rock. Banks invested in STM andbecame its largest shareholder before selling his stake in early 2015. More recently, Kentish, Banks and another STM founder invested in Legal Protection Group, a broker of insurance for lawyers and doctors.

    ICS Risk Solutions, a holding company on the Isle of Man,pumped £77.7 million into Southern Rock to save it from collapse. Banks owned both ICS and Southern Rock; it is not clear where the money came from.

    In September 2018, the High Court ruled that Vote Leave had broken the law by overspending. It did this by illegally paying £625,000 to Darren Grimes for his BeLeave campaign, mostly through the Canada-based AggregateIQ, partner of the notorious SCL Group.
    In July 2018, the Electoral Commission had already ruled that Vote Leave broke electoral law by colluding with Grimes. It appears that the police investigation was stopped from some reason.

    In February 2019 the Leave.EU campaign, fronted by Nigel Farage and Eldon Insurance, and owned by Arron Banks, were fined £60,000 each for breaking direct marketing rules:

    For some reason the police investigation into multiple criminal offences by Arron Banks and the Leave.EU campaign was stopped.

    The Remain campaign was forced to stop its digital advertising on the last day of the June 2016 campaign because it had reached its spending limit but Vote Leave continued, breaking the law after reaching it spending limit 2 days before the vote.

    According to Professor Philip Howard:
    My professional opinion is that it is very likely that the excessive spending by Vote Leave altered the result of the referendum.

    A swing of just 634,751 people would have been enough to secure victory for Remain.

    Given the scale of the online advertising achieved with the excess spending, combined with conservative estimates on voter modelling, I estimate that Vote Leave converted the voting intentions of over 800,000 voters in the final days of the campaign as a result of the overspend.

    In the following video lawyer Jessica Simor explains that the Brexit referendum was unlawful because of the conclusion by the Electoral Commission on breaking the law by Vote Leave. The only reason that the referendum wasn´t declared invalid based on by the Electoral Commission findings of overspending is because it’s only “advisory”.
    The Court of Appeal denied permission to appeal against the Brexit referendum because this could only have been done within 3 months after the expenses had been lodged at the Electoral Commission in December 2016:

    Arron Banks funded Better for the Country with £6 million in donations funnelled through Leave.EU, and an additional £2 million in loans, of which £2.9 million was spent on funding the Brexit campaign of Leave.EU and other pro-Brexit groups.
    Only companies registered in the UK were allowed to make campaign donations. Because the money was channelled through an “impermissible” company called Rock Holdings Limited, which is registered in the Isle of Man tax haven it´s not clear where Arron Banks got the money:

    More recently, Yesterday, 11 justices of the UK's Supreme Court ruled that Queen Elzabeth’s suspension of Parliament on the “advice” of PM Boris Johnson is unlawful and therefore void so that Parliament had not been prorogued.
    Yesterday, several MPs already returned to Parliament:

    For more on the SCL Group (the parent company of Cambridge Analytica) that orchestrated both Brexit and President Trump:
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    Al-Yamamah oil for arms

    The biggest export deal in British history, the multi-billion pound al-Yamamah deal, involved enormous bribes and kickback of up to 30% from the main seller British Aerospace (now BAE System, which made 43 billion pound in this arms sale).

    Middlemen that were paid included Wafic Said, a business partner of the hon. Member for South Thanet, Jonathan Aitken.
    Wafic Said gave his friend, son of then-PM, Lady of the Garter Margaret Thatcher, Mark Thatcher, a house and other lavish presents which has made him “mysteriously” rich.

    Another part of the deal was concluded in 1988, when Saudi Arabia ordered minesweepers from Vosper Thorneycroft.
    Vosper used as its agent the Saudi Fahd al-Athel, who, like Jonathan Aitken, worked for Prince Mohammed (the current Saudi King?). Vosper made huge payments to al-Athel's company, which were laundered through a front company in Saudi Arabia and were divided: 40% to Prince Mohammed, 20% to al-Athel, and 40% to unnamed others.

    For the fourth part of the al-Yamamah deal, Jonathan Aitken was paid by British arms company Astra for an introduction to his business partner, Fahd al-Athel.

    Thorn EMI has admitted that it paid 26% bribes on the sale of smart fuses for the bombs carried by Saudi Tornados.
    Half of those bribes went to the Saudi princes and the other half went through a small arms dealer, Michael Gay, to offshore bank accounts in the Bank of NT Butterfield in Bermuda to dissapear without a trace.

    Douglas Leese was a major player in the biggest export deal in British history, the multi-billion pound al-Yamamah deal. Douglas Leese used his connections with the offshore NT Butterfield bank in Bermuda to funnel bribes to Saudi Arabia.:

    Steven Hoffenberg was one of the first major business partners of Jeffrey Epstein.
    Hoffenberg said about his connections to Trump “Donald’s crowd was my crowd”.

    In one of those strange coincidences, Hoffenberg said he was introduced to Epstein by Sir Douglas Leese (this confirms that Epstein got wealthy from arms sales):

    Since the 1980s, Wafic Said has been a confidant of Jeffrey Epstein’s and Ghislaine Maxwell’s friend, Peter Mandelson:

    Astra and Thorn EMI were also involved in arming Saddam Hussein’s Iraq:

    BAE ran a £60m "slush fund" for bribes to Saudi officials in return for lucrative contracts.
    The investigation into the al-Yamamah deal by the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was abruptly closed for reasons of “national security”. The House of Lords unanimously overrruled a high court decision that the SFO shouldn’t have stopped the inquiry.

    The 1986 Al-Yamamah agreement, was a unique document that wasn´t really a sales contract but a barter deal of Saudi oil for British warplanes.
    Al-Yamamah has been, “the smuggling proxy for Shell and BP tankers to loot millions of oil barrels from Ras Tanura to Rotterdam”.

    According to a BAE whistleblower, the laundered proceeds of oil sales under the Al-Yamamah agreement have been funneled by BAE, Royal Dutch Shell and BP into various international financial systems.
    Proceeds of oil sales were deposited in a secret bank account in London controlled by Prince Bandar and his father Crown Prince Sultan:

    The bribes were shared between the Defence Minister, Prince Sultan and his family, and the sons of King Fand (notably Prince Mohammed).

    How did Britain secure these major arm sales in the first place?
    In July of 1985, US congressional supporters of [S]Israel[/S] Britain blocked the sale of F-15s to Saudi Arabia. Then the Saudis had no other choice, with the permission of the US, to buy the British Panavia Tornado.

    Some academics estimated that the Saudi purchase of Tornados, rather than the F-15s they preferred, cost the American economy $12 to $20 billion.
    When Saudi Arabia bought Tornado aircrafts, they also gave the UK a contract for 2 air bases valued at $4 billion.

    In September 1985, the Saudis and Britain agreed on a major aircraft deal as the first part of the Al-Yamamah deal.
    In July 1988, the Saudis and Britain agreed on an additional deal, which included 48 Tornados, 50-60 HAWK trainers, 80 helicopters and 4 to 6 mine hunters. This deal was worth an estimated $30 to $34 billion:
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    As a strange follow-up to Watergate, the Church Committee did a (what looks) "real" investigation into the crimes of American intelligence agencies in the 1960s, which led to (almost) uncovering the bribes and kickbacks from the giant American arms companies to government officials all over the world.

    In the 1970s, André Donner, led the commission of three that covered up the millions of kickbacks received by Prince Bernhard from several arms manufacturers, including Lockheed and Northrop, which was labelled the “Lockheed affair”.
    Bernhard´s friend Hans Teengs Gerritsen helped to funnel the millions. Teengs Gerritsen also regularly met supposed "pesona non grata" Willem Oltmans, who get 8 million euro in compensation for (not) being persecuted for decades by the Dutch state...

    See Bernhard with Lockheed executive Robert E. Gross, 1956.

    In 1997, then Queen Beatrix selected Piet Hein Donner (André Donner’s son) for the “Raad van State” for life (comparable to Elizabeth’s Privy Council). According to the Dutch constitution it’s prohibited for any member of the “Raad van State” to become minister, so in July 2002 Beatrix selected him as Minister of Justice.
    After serving as minister for several cabinets led by Beatrix, Piet Hein Donner even served as Vice-President of the “Raad van State” from 1 February 2012 to 1 November 2018.
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    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank declared Congo bankrupt in 1994 and forced it into “liberalisation” in the early 2000s.
    Congo’s economic crisis forced the government to sign the Millennium Initiative,
    Liberalisation has removed control of economic resources from Congo, which through offshore companies made it possible for the elite to loot Congo of its valuable resources, while bribing politicians and funding violence to keep the population under control. Liberalisation has extended Kabila’s tenure and as such was anti-democratic. Kabila provided a favourable environment for foreign investments (and made a bundle in the process).
    Mineral sales contributed heavily to the (second) presidential campaign in 2011 that cost over $1 billion. Most of the funding came from Congo, with 40% coming from international donors. The elections were decried by international observers and Joseph Kabila won from Etienne Tshisekedi.
    The third presidential election cost an estimated $1.4 billion. In May 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry (of Skull & Bones), promised $30 million for the campaign on the condition that Kabila did not run for a third time.

    While the international community has spoken on the tremendous corruption in the Congo, it has “forgotten” to address the secrecy of international trade, without which this wouldn’t be possible on such a large scale.
    Global Witness’s “Out of Africa” report estimates that Congo suffered $1.36 billion in lost revenue during the last election cycle, which were routed out of Congo through British tax havens, with several companies involved listed on the London Stock Exchange.
    British Member of Parliament Eric Joyce published a list of 59 shell companies operating in Congo in 2011; 47 of them were registered in the British Virgin Islands. The Panama Papers confirm that offshore companies have been widely used in Congo. The most reported profession in the Panama Papers is “politician”…

    Kabila and his aide Augustine Katumba Mwanke (now deceased) were increasingly associated with Israeli businessman Dan Gertler, who is named in more than 200 files in the Panama Papers.
    Gertler bought Congolese mining assets and sold them at profits of thousands percentage points to companies registered in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
    In 2005, Gertler formed Global Enterprises Corporate (GEC), owned through a company registered in the Isle of Man, the chief assets of which were 75% of 2 huge copper mining projects in the province of Katanga (with 25% for Congo’s defunct state company Gécamines). Gertler’s investment of £3 million was valued at more than £1 billion.
    In 2010, Kabila signed a presidential decree granting oil concessions in Lake Albert to Caprikat and Foxwhelp, both associated with Gertler and registered in the British Virgin Islands by Mossack Fonseca.
    Since his arrival in Congo in 1997, Gertler has built an estimated $2.5 billion empire.

    In October 2016, the US Justice Department and SEC fined the hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Company under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on bribery charges. The company’s front man in Congo, Dan Gertler, alongside Kabila and his aide Katumba Mwanke received over $100 million in bribes.
    Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi responded:
    For us an attack on [Gertler] is an attack on the Congo … Mr. Gertler’s businesses are legitimate. He pays his taxes, making a good contribution to our government in monetary terms.
    Och-Ziff has pleaded guilty and agreed to a $412 million fine:

    For more on how the Rwandan genocide was orchestrated to take over the Congo (Zaire):
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    Or maybe General Qasem Soleimani was killed as a diversion strategy from the limitless amount of scandals the Trump family is involved in?!?
    The Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump in particular, was in business with the Baku XXI Century of the Azerbaijani Mammadov family since 2008. The Mammadovs were in turn business partners of the Iranian construction company Azarpassillo of Keyumars Darvishi (since about 2008).

    Azarpassillo’s chairman, Keyumars Darvishi, became the head of Raman after he fought in the Iran-Iraq War. Raman is an Iranian construction firm, controlled by the Revolutionary Guard (that was controlled by Soleimani).

    At least 2 of Keyumars’s brothers — Habil and Kamal Keyumars — were (are) also associates of the Revolutionary Guard. Ziya Mammadov conspired with the Revolutionary Guard to make overpriced deals that would enrich them both while using shell companies to launder the money and circumvent sanctions against Iran.

    Trump spokesman Alan Garten admitted that the Trump Organization learned in 2015 about “the possibility” that the Mammadovs had ties to the Revolutionary Guard, but the company didn’t end the Baku deal until December 2016 (after Trump was elected US president):

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    Azerbaijani partners in crime of US president Donald Trump since 2012, in a project to build a Trump Tower in Baku, also appear in the Laundromat scheme.
    The $35 million project was controlled by Baku XXI Century of Elton and Anar Mammadov, the brother and son of the country's transport minister Ziya Mammadov. They hold seats in parliament and have ties to Azerbaijani President Aliyev.
    The Mammadovs’ Baghlan holding company is linked to Laundromat transactions.

    Ziya also has connections to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard and with Iraq-Iran war veteran Keyumars Davishi, the chairman of a company which Mammadov awarded transportation contracts to in 2008.
    In February 2017, defense and intelligence officials warned the White House against designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation.

    Anar founded The Azerbaijan American Alliance. Between 2011 and 2015, he spent almost $13 million for lobbying in the US.
    Anar Mammadov lives in London and considers Ivanka Trump a “dear friend” (see them together).

    In October 2014, Ivanka Trump toured Trump Tower Baku that was scheduled to open in 2015. Ivanka wrote that she had “overseen” the project. For some reason the hotel never opened despite being almost completed.
    In December 2016, before he was inaugurated, Trump cut his connection with the project:
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