FailedMessiah.com asked oligarch Arcady Gaydamak if he planned on appealing his recent loss in Britain's High Court of Justice. Gaydamak has been suing Chabad Oligarch Lev Leviev who allegedly stole more than $2 billion dollars from Gaydamak with some help (or fortuitous ineptness) from Chabad's chief rabbi of Russia, Vladimir Putin's friend Berel Lazar. Here is how Gaydamak responded…
FailedMessiah.com asked oligarch Arcady Gaydamak if he planned on appealing his recent loss in Britain's High Court of Justice.
Gaydamak has been suing Chabad Oligarch Lev Leviev who allegedly stole more than $2 billion dollars from Gaydamak with some help (or fortuitous ineptness) from Chabad's chief rabbi of Russia, Vladimir Putin's friend Berel Lazar.
Here is how Gaydamak responded:
Thank you for expressing your interest as to the issues of my legal Disputes with Mr. Lev Leviev.
As to the Decision of the High Court of London of April 15, 2014, issued by Judge Mann, my comments are as follows:
I introduced Mr. Leviev to the Angolan market in 1999. Then my relationships with the leading politicians in Angola were very strong.
In order to conceal the support of these politicians of my business activities as well as to be protected from the possible “aggressive” actions of very powerful international competitors on the diamond market, I made a verbal Agreement with Mr. Leviev, by which he would keep in trust for me all the activities related to the Angolan entities, where Mr. Leviev would be involved – directly or indirectly. The splitting between us had to be 50/50.
Within a few years of activities on the Angolan diamond market, that generated the turnover of many hundred million dollars, I came to a conclusion that in order to protect my interests in association with Mr. Leviev, it would be more prudent to establish a written Trust Agreement. Therefore on December 13, 2001 the Trust Agreement between Mr. Leviev and me was signed, and the only signed copy was passed to one of the Chief Rabbis of Russia, Berel Lazar, for safe-keeping, and Leviev and I were keeping the unsigned original copies of this Trust Agreement.
After a few years, I unambiguously received the facts that Leviev who formally controlled my part of activities in Angola, was deliberately deceiving me. Therefore I decided to file a sue against Mr. Leviev to have him obliged to respect the Clauses of the 2001 Trust Agreement, and my lawyer - since 2006- has sent multiple requests to Rabbi Berel Lazar to produce the signed copy of the Trust Agreement, but Berel Lazar was ignoring these requests.
It’s only in 2010 that I had an opportunity to collect my unsigned copy of the Trust Agreement; then I filed a Complaint in the High Court of London (where Leviev is a resident) in order to have him obliged to respect the clauses of the Trust Agreement.
Berel Lazar fraudulently (in accordance with the London Court Decision of June 29, 2012) denied that he had received the signed copy of the Trust Agreement for safe-keeping.
Leviev and all of his witnesses presented to the High Court of London - under oath - false statements and forged documents (in accordance with the High Court of London Decision of June 29, 2012).
The High Court of London concluded that the Trust Agreement of December 13, 2001 had been signed and was valid.
Nevertheless, in August 2011, when I came to Angola in order to stay there for a few weeks, I was approached by an Angolan General, who is de facto Acting Prime Minister of Angola and particularly the ruler of the Angolan Secret Services, Police and Army, as well as a long-term business partner of Mr. Leviev (see the US Congress Report “88 Queensway Group”). Late at night of August 6, 2011, when I was in my hotel, I was visited by the General who had with him a draft of the Settlement Agreement, drafted by Leviev’s London lawyers (the Stewart law firm) and the General suggested that I sign the Settlement Agreement.
In this draft I was obliged to cancel all of my pretensions and claims toward Mr. Leviev for absolutely nothing in exchange.
Nevertheless, the General told me that if I signed the Settlement Agreement I would have the support of the Angolan Administration, and would also have commercial relationships with the State Angolan diamond monopoly.
In a few minutes I signed the Settlement Agreement (Judge Vos of the High Court of London in his Decision of June 29, 2012 stated: “If Gaydamak hadn’t signed the Settlement Agreement proposed by the General, he would have been unable to leave Angola”).
Immediately after gaining an opportunity to leave Angola, I came to the Israeli Police and filed a criminal Complaint against Leviev and his Angolan associates.
I accused them of designing a conspiracy and setup aiming to oblige me – by deceit, duress and pressure – to sign the Settlement Agreement by which I had to drop my Claim of 2 billion dollars against Leviev in exchange for nothing.
Up until now and after more than two years, after numerous reminders, the Israeli Police has never provided me with any explanations or information regarding my Criminal Complaint deposited in 2011.
As previously said, Leviev presented to the London Court many forged documents.
In the High Court of London before the Judge I denied my being familiar with lawyer Modan and claimed that the set of documents of Modan was a forgery.
Nevertheless Judge Vos issued an assumption that it was “inconceivable that a licensed lawyer, such as Modan, could have perpetrated forgery”. Therefore Judge Vos stated that he found Gaydamak’s statements dealing with Modan’s set of documents as unreliable.
I filed a criminal Complaint against lawyer Modan to the Israeli Police, accusing him of perpetrating forgery of a set of documents, which were used for the support of Leviev in the London Court.
Up until now, I haven’t received any information regarding the ongoing criminal investigation.
Finally, the High Court of London, by the Decision of June 29, 2012, stated that the Trust Agreement of 2001 had been signed and was valid despite Leviev’s fraudulent denial, but the Settlement Agreement of 2011 signed by Gaydamak in Angola was also valid and therefore Gaydamak was not allowed to claim from Leviev whatsoever.
In 2013 I filed a new Complaint against Leviev, as well as against Leviev’s Angolan accomplices, accusing them of designing a conspiracy aiming to have the Settlement Agreement of 2011 signed – by deceit, duress and pressure.
I also claimed that Leviev forged the evidentiary documents in the London Trial.
By its Decision of April 15, 2014 the High Court of London dismissed my new Claim against Leviev and others - for the reason of rejudicata and estople.
I intend to present an Appeal - for this Decision to be cancelled.