Taib family firm is seeking a gag order against BMF
Sakto Corporation wants Swiss court to prohibit money-laundering allegations
(BASEL, SWITZERLAND). Sakto Corporation, a Canadian real estate group controlled by the family of Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud, is seeking a gag order against the Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF), a Swiss NGO fighting corruption in the timber sector.
BMF has learned from a Sakto Corporation press release that they have filed for an urgent gag order against BMF with a Swiss civil court, the Zivilgericht Basel-Stadt.
„We are not worried about this attempt by the Taib family to prevent us from talking about the corruption and money-laundering allegations against them. Our reports are well-researched and the facts are on our side“, said BMF director Lukas Straumann. „We are confident that this gag order will be dismissed.“
Sakto Corporation is using a recent Canadian court decision to create the appeareance that BMF’s money-laundering allegations against the Sakto Group have been disproved.
This is not the fact. A judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled on 7 February 2018 that BMF could not access Sakto’s Canadian financial records for a private criminalprosecution. He focussed on the narrow legal issues presented in the case and did not examine the money-laundering allegations nor did he make he a statement on them.
The Bruno Manser Fonds maintains its money-laundering allegations against the Sakto Group as laid out in its March 2017 "Safe Haven Canada" report.
(20 August 2018)
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