#1371 Marine Links Sidley Dohrn’s Spot-Fix Vig to Obama Cruddas’ Bhopal Gig
Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Sidley Austin’s 1974 launch of a London office to the development of a public-key encrypted spot-fix vig service, allegedly used to finance the Bhopal Gig – the 2/3 December 1984 sabotage of a Union Carbide pesticide plant in India.
McConnell alleges that in 1984, the Weather Underground’s torture and extortion expert, Bernardine Dohrn, Barack Obama and Peter Cruddas moved spot-fix vig money to the Bhopal saboteurs through currency futures markets manipulated by Sidley Austin in Chicago, BIC in New York and Marine Midland (now HSBC) in London.
Demockery – The Peter Cruddas Conspiracy
BUTT, ASIF FOUND GUILTY IN SPOT-FIXING TRIAL
Bhopal Disaster – BBC – The Yes Men
“Wednesday, 11 July 2012 My question: Pakistan cricketers get jail for spot-fixing. English Premier League players don’t. WHY? … Apparently it’s fine to jail Pakistanis for spot-fixing, but English Premier League players are exempt, even if they admit fixing. But how does it work? Why put the ball out of play after just two seconds? It’s simple. At the time, spread betting was a new phenomenon. Originally invented for bored stock market traders, sport was the obvious growth market for the new form of gambling. City Index sponsored my trip to South Africa for the 1997 Lions rugby tour, and at the time, it looked like good harmless commercial symbiosis to have their logo on my columns in the Sunday Mirror. But by the time I returned from that tour, match fixing was becoming a dirty word in sport. And the full depths of in-game gambling were emerging. Wally Pyrah of Sporting Index confessed that there had been “concerns” about the United-West Ham match, “because there were a lot of rumours”. As it happened, the “spread” on a first throw-in at the average football game – when it normally happens – is between 70 and 85 seconds. But Kitson’s action meant United took the first throw-in after just seven seconds, meaning that anyone ‘selling’ at 70-85 seconds would have won 63 times his stake – 63 seconds at, say a fiver a second. That’s not a bad return. …. Of course they were striking a bet! In his biography “Taking Le Tiss”, Southampton’s only superstar Matthew Le Tissier recalls a game against Wimbledon in 1995 when he and friends stood to make 10,000 for an early throw in. He says: “Spread betting had just started to be popular. I’d never have done anything that might have affected the outcome of the match, but I couldn’t see a problem with making a few quid on the first throw-in. “The problem was Neil Shipperley knew nothing about the bet and when I tried to put the ball out, he headed it back. I charged around desperately trying to kick the ball out. We stood to lose a lot if it went much longer than 75 seconds. “I had visions of guys coming to kneecap me. Eventually we got the ball out on 70 seconds. The neutral time meant we had neither won nor lost. I have never tried spread betting since.”
“Career Cruddas left Shoreditch Comprehensive with no qualifications, aged 15, and gained a job as a telex operator for Western Union in the City of London. After being made redundant, he worked in the foreign currency trading rooms of various banks, including the Bank of Iran and Marine Midland [where he allegedly set up spot-fix trading desk for currency swaps with Obama in New York and Dohrn in Chicago].
By 1989, Cruddas was the head foreign exchange dealer at the City of London branch of the Jordanian-based Petra Bank. He left the same year to set up his own business, starting CMC Markets with £10,000 in the bank. Effectively a bookmaker for the City of London, it allows dealers to place margin calls on foreign currency movements. CMC Markets is currently valued at between £750 million and £1.2 billion. ….
In total, it is believed that Cruddas has donated over £350,000 to the Conservative Party. He donated £100,000 in the last quarter of 2010 and £50,000 in the first week of the 2010 general election campaign.
Cruddas was appointed Conservative Party co-treasurer in June 2011 alongside Lord Fink, effectively the party’s chief fund raiser, in succession to billionaire property tycoon David Rowland.
In March 2012 it was alleged by The Sunday Times that he had offered access to the Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Chancellor George Osborne. In The Sunday Times footage Cruddas is heard discussing what access different size donations leads to: “£200,000 to £250,000 is Premier League – things will open up for you – you can ask him practically any question you want.”Cruddas resigned the same day.
The undercover journalists were introduced to Cruddas by Sarah Southern, a lobbyist who is David Cameron’s former aide. The undercover reporters posed as overseas financiers and claimed that their clients intended to buy distressed government assets and wanted to make political connections.
In July 2012, the ConservativeHome blog reported that Cruddas was suing the Sunday Times for libel over its coverage of him.”
“[Evidence Crown Agents Sisters use command, contract-hit and spoliation crews to manage (?) carbon footprints at crime scenes and share in the proceeds of British Invisibles’ insurance claims following liquidation of target victim assets] In a rerun of its infamous settlement order of February 14, 1989 by which all civil and criminal liabilities of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) were exchanged for US$470 million, the Supreme Court of India in February 14, 1994 allowed the sale of UCC’s share holdings in its Indian subsidiary. The shares had been attached and their sale forbidden by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of the Bhopal District Court on April 30, 1992 as a measure of ensuring the presence in court of Warren Anderson and other foreign accused. A few months before the attachment of shares, the Supreme Court in its final order on October 3, 1991 had directed Union Carbide to finance a fully equipped 500 bed hospital for the survivors of Bhopal. Following up on the final order and in a calculated move to wriggle itself free from the criminal proceedings UCC formed The Bhopal Hospital Trust on February 20, 1992. The Trust was authorised by UCC to use part of the proceeds from the sale of the shares to the hospital in Bhopal. The sole trustee of this Trust is Sir Ian Percival an attorney in a law firm Sidley and Austin [the former employer of Weather Underground terrorist boss, Bernardine `Torture Paradigms and Practice’ Dohrn, Michelle Obama and Barack Obama], one of the four US based firms retained by Union Carbide Corporation. In December 1993, Sir Percival who is also a former British Solicitor General, petitioned before the Supreme Court for permission to sell UCC’s shares that lay attached. CJM Mr. Gulab Sharma had foreseen such trickery and had expressly forbidden the sale of shares on the pretext of hospital building. In his order of April 30,1992 he sad “It is beyond comprehension why a company such as Union Carbide Corporation which has given 470 million dollars as compensation to the Bhopal gas victims can not give Rs. 50 crores for building a hospial from its own coffers”. After about two secret meetings between Percival and the Indian Officials in January-February 1994, the Indian government stated in Court that it agreed with Sir Percivals’ petition. As part of the deal, the Trust is to pay Rs. 60 crores (US$20 million) towards the hospital, Percival is to be the co-chairman of the committee that will oversee the setting up of the hospital, and he has been paid close to US$ 2 million for office expenses of the Trust! In a tone reminiscent of the Feb 14, 1989 order, the Supreme Court sanctified this “other settlement” on “humanitarian grounds””
On 7 April 2000, Delhi police revealed they had a recording of a conversation between Cronje and Sanjay Chawla, a representative of an Indian betting syndicate, over match-fixing allegations. Three other players, Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje, and Pieter Strydom, were also implicated.
On 8 April 2000, the UCBSA (United Cricket Board of South Africa) denied their players were involved in match-fixing. Cronje said “the allegations are completely without substance”. However, on 11 April Cronje was sacked as captain after confessing to Ali Bacher that he had not been “entirely honest”. He admitted accepting between $10,000 to $15,000 from a London-based bookmaker [allegedly former Tory Party treasurer Peter Cruddas] for ‘forecasting’ results, not match fixing, during the recent one day series in India.
On 7 June, the King Commission began. The following day, Gibbs revealed that Cronje had offered him $15,000 to score less than 20 runs in the 5th ODI at Nagpur. He also admitted another offer of $15,000 to Henry Williams to concede more than 50 runs in that same match. Gibbs scored 74 off 53 balls and Williams injured his shoulder and couldn’t complete his second over, so neither received the $15,000. Off-spinner Derek Crookes, who was also a witness, admitted being surprised to open the bowling at Nagpur.
On 15 June, Cronje released a statement that revealed all his contact with bookmakers. In 1996 during the third Test in Kanpur, he was introduced to Mukesh Gupta by Mohammad Azharuddin. Gupta gave Cronje $30,000 to persuade the South Africans to lose wickets on the last day to lose the match. South Africa were 127/5 chasing 460, Cronje was already out and spoke to no other players. “I had received money for doing nothing.” During the return tour, Cronje received $50,000 from Gupta for team information.
In the 2000 Centurion Test, Marlon Aronstam contacted him offering R500,000 for the charity of his choice together with a gift if Cronje declared and made a game of it. He also admitted asking Pieter Strydom to place a R50 bet on South Africa to win for him. After the match Aronstam visited Cronje, giving him two amounts of money (R30,000 and R20,000) together with a leather jacket. The promised R500,000 did not materialise. Before the one-day series, Cronje received repeated calls from “Sanjay” asking him to fix a match. Cronje gave him the names of Gibbs, Strydom and Boje to try to get rid of him. Cronje was offered $140,000 for the fifth ODI if Gibbs scored under 20, Williams went for more than 50 and South Africa scored around 270.
On 28 August, Gibbs and Williams were suspended from international cricket for six months. Gibbs was fined R60,000 and Williams R10,000. Strydom received no punishment.
On 11 October, Cronje was banned from playing or coaching cricket for life. He challenged his life ban in September 2001 but on 17 October 2001, his application was dismissed.
On 1 June 2002, Cronje’s scheduled flight home from Johannesburg to George was grounded so he hitched a ride as the only passenger aboard a Hawker Siddeley HS 748 turboprop aircraft. Near George airport, the pilots lost visibility in clouds and were unable to land, partly due to unusable navigational equipment. While circling, the plane crashed into the Outeniqua Mountains northeast of the airport. Cronje, aged 32, and the two pilots were killed instantly.
In August 2006, an inquest into the plane crash was opened by South Africa’s High Court. The inquest concluded that “the death of the deceased Wessel Johannes (Hansie) Cronje was brought about by an act or omission prima facie amounting to an offence on the part of pilots.”
Theories that Cronje was murdered on the orders of a cricket betting syndicate flourished after his death and were most recently re-floated by former Nottinghamshire coach Clive Rice in the wake of the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in March 2007.
Life in film
Hansie is a biographical film released in 2008 about the life of Hansie Cronje that aims to portray him in a positive light and as a victim of circumstance lured by an evil system of illegal gambling and bookmakers from India. It is written and produced by his older brother Frans Cronje and directed by Regardt van den Bergh. The title role is played by Frank Rautenbach.”
More to follow.