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Hawks confirm probe involving chief Brexit financier
The Hawks have confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation involving British businessman and Brexit financier Arron Banks and his former business associate, Chris Kimber; and has escalated the investigation to its head office.
Banks shot to prominence in the UK when he donated in October 2014, £1-million to the UK Independent Party (Ukip), for its Brexit campaign. However the source of his money has been questioned and there has been ongoing speculation about a Russian connection to Brexit — via Banks.
In an extraordinary statement to the Hawks — obtained by the UK’s Channel 4 News — Chris Kimber, a former business partner of Banks, made several claims of criminal conduct. The statement also said that Banks — who has always claimed that one of the sources of his wealth was diamond mines in Lesotho and Kimberley — had a business relationship with Russia’s state diamond company — lending credence to the speculation of a Russian connection to Brexit.
READ MORE: Who is Arron Banks — the bad boy of Brexit?
The statement claims that, following the August 2014 coup in Lesotho, Banks had devised a plan to provide support to a minister in Lesotho’s government so that he could become prime minister — using “mercenary support” if necessary. Channel 4 has not seen any evidence of any mercenary activity.
In earlier reports, Channel 4 News revealed that Banks had made a series of payments, of up to R500 000 made to John Maseribane — now communications minister in Lesotho – who confirmed, in a Channel 4 News interview that he had received large sums of cash from Banks.
Maseribane denied that the payments were bribes. At the time Banks was seeking to begin mining operations in Lesotho.
Banks has dismissed the allegations as “ludicrous”.
The revelations come after a fall out between Banks and Kimber leading to ongoing civil litigation in the Kimberley High Court and then allegations and counter allegations to the Hawks.
Banks’ South African lawyers referred to a criminal complaint of fraud against Kimber made by Banks and said the matter was sub judice. It is unclear whether the statement obtained by Channel 4 News was responding to Banks’ complaint against Kimber or whether it was a separate complaint.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said: “There is an inquiry we are looking into. But we are also mindful of a civil matter, which is ongoing concurrently. We are not at liberty to divulge the stage of the investigation. We can confirm it has been escalated to the head office from the province. We will make an announcement once the investigation is complete.”
In the statement made to the Hawks, it is claimed that Banks was “in discussion” with Alrosa, Russia’s state diamond company, in 2015 — a relationship that Banks has previously denied.
And that, when under pressure to show the Russians that his mines were producing enough good quality diamonds, sought to acquire them from “third parties”.
“It was decided by Arron Banks that the diamonds would be acquired from third parties for export. I was later to find out Arron Banks, was involved in illicit diamond buying in various African countries,” reads the statement.
This is supported by an affidavit in the court papers in the Kimberley High Court which states that Banks had allegedly secured potential opportunities in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Botswana and Namibia. Banks is essentially accused of trying to export “illegally gotten diamonds” so prop up his South African mines which are allegedly financially strained.
Then there was the “grand plan” for Lesotho.
Banks cosied up to the Basotho National Party back in 2013 and he started making large donations to Maseribane from the BNP, said the statement.
According to the Hawks statement, he wanted a foothold in Lesotho’s entities including a “political party, the Postbank, the diamond tender and mining rights…”
“Arron supported Maseribane and his party through a number of donations, mainly in cash but also through ‘charity work’. Banks went as far as registering a charity in the United Kingdom…to channel funds to Lesotho.”
The Hawks statement alleges that Banks’ support for Maseribane was around the time of the coup in 2014. “Under the guise of charity, mining and other interests it was Arron Banks’ plan to support Maseribane into power, even if this meant providing ‘mercenary’ support. Given the volatile situation in Lesotho at the time, this was a real possibility”.
“As a consequence of the instability in Lesotho and the ousting of [Prime Minister Tom] Thabane I was later to discover that Arron Banks was setting up a fall-back position, that if need be he would provide mercenaries…in support of Maseribane.”
At the same time — said the statement — Banks had queried setting up a “military training school, which could include a shooting range” at one of his Kimberley mines and had asked further about the availability of a gun safe.
Emails to and from Banks that Channel 4 News has obtained — dealing with obtaining gun licenses – partially back up these allegations, also referring to the establishment of a shooting range / training camp.
In one email exchange with his associate in Africa James Pryor, Pryor says:
“How many do we need/ want. There are two H&K’s, one H&K compact, two Walther PPK’s and one 9mm parabellum …. got plenty ammo”.
“We should look at applying for license for 4 x Remington pump action shotguns, 2 x R4 assault rifles, 4 x 9 mm shorts and a box of thunder flash stun grenades. I would like also to get a couple MP5’s but these licenses are hard to get.”
In another email dated December 1 2014, one of Bank’s associates Kobus Coetzee emailed Kimber about setting up a “shooting range” and on the same day a reply from Banks says: “Think it would be nice to set up at Newlands [mine] where there is plenty of space also deters criminals if heavily armed area on the farm — providing real life targets if they try to rob the mine”.
Despite a seven page letter from Channel 4 News, Banks’ response was terse: “I have genuine concerns about the sanity and mental health of the editorial team responsible for the reports which the programme has broadcast. I shall be alerting both the board of Channel 4 and ITN to my concerns”.
Maseribane denied that there were ever any mercenaries involved in his return to Lesotho, saying he was supported by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“I am saying there were no mercenaries,” he said. When asked whether there was an offer of mercenary support, he said “we never discussed these issues”.
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.
No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.
It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.
Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.
I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.How we go about the process of disentangling our future wellbeing from the EU is laid out in extensive, well researched and immensely tedious detail see >FleXcit< or for a brief video summary CLICK HERE
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