Back in 2009, Trafigura nearly put the blockers on free speech and the reporting of parliament. Twitter claimed to be part of this unlocking process… whatever. It was all to block the publication of the Minton Report. A long BBC Newsnight video report was also blocked with the article mysteriously vanishing from the BBC website.
Now the BBC article is found here, along with the banned video! The video is below in two parts. It was uploaded after its removal from the BBC website.
In the second part video, Trafigura boss Erich de Turckheim fatuously states that nothing untoward happened with the poisoning vessel, the Probo Koala whereas last year the company was fined (only sadly…) €1m for the very same poisoning.
Trafigura also state that the emails are selective and biaised. Well I’ve read them and they totally back up the BBC story. Here they are.
Alastair Mullis – his view of damages.
In this video, Mullis, a professor of law, states that because the BBC paid damages to Trafigura over their story, this implied guilt. It took Wikileaks‘ Julian Assange to point out thje fallacy in this argument. See video below:
Trafigura’s View of Damages
Back in 2009, the BBC here told the Trafigura story which also includes a link to a statement from Trafigura here. This Trafigura statement shows their view on the money that they had already paid to the Ivory Coast, prior to their EU fine. It’s point 13:
The settlement involved no admission of liability. Trafigura believed that the settlement was the best way for the people of Abidjan, the Ivorian government and Trafigura to move forward.
The People’s View on Trafigura and Damages
Well Mullis & Trafigura are seriously at odds on their view of damages, aren’t they? One says if you pay up then you are obviously guilty – the other says the opposite. (Remarkably, this is very consistent with the damages paid out by Jesse Willms in his dodgy dealings, but that’s another story. Willms of course chooses his own philanthropic view of customer service which is at odds with the thousands of complainees…)
This site has an even more enlightened view from the west about Trafigura. Quoting the final piece:
The Trafigura case, like the financial crisis, suggests that in business there are people ruthless enough to shut their eyes to almost anything if they think they can make money.
Business without regulation is scarcely distinguishable from organised crime.
Regulation without strict enforcement is an open invitation to mess with people’s lives.
Tedious directives, state power and bureaucratic snooping – the interference that everyone professes to hate – are all that stand between civilisation and corporate hell.
Well said. Jesse Willms take note!