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Fritz Deelman
2 Jul 2008, 11:56
Hierdie persoon is 'n "voormalige" Mossad-agent wat Mugabe help met allerhande "dienste", soos om sy opponente in lokvalle te lei, of middelman te wees vir die grond wat Mugabe gesteel het.

Is dit hoekom Mbeki so stil is, want hy het dieselfde Joodse meesters as Mugabe?

Canadian received millions to broker Zimbabwe land deals
Controversial consultant received $14-million from South African for farm deals

COLIN FREEZE

July 2, 2008

A controversial Canada-based consultant, whose previous claim to fame was framing Zimbabwe's opposition leader in a coup plot, has received more than $14-million (U.S.) from a white South African to broker deals for Zimbabwean farmland, according to U.S. government documents seen by The Globe and Mail.

Asked about the deal, Ari Ben Menashe said that in today's Zimbabwe "there are all kinds of possibilities; it isn't all doom and gloom." He added, "Now the government is willing to lease all kinds of land to all kinds of people."

Pressed about what he has done to earn his millions, he replied, "This is not money that is going into our pockets," and then added, "I don't want to get into details."

The Montrealer, who once described himself as an international man of infamy, was a paid "public-relations" consultant for President Robert Mugabe's regime from 2002 to 2004. At the time, he was trying to shore up the image of a pariah government that was seizing farmland from whites.

Although he might have not made the ruling ZANU-PF party look good in this period, Mr. Ben Menashe certainly helped make the opposition look bad.

Before going to work for Mr. Mugabe, he had been dealing with Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. He invited Mr. Tsvangirai to his Montreal offices to discuss the impending 2002 election.

In Canada, Mr. Ben Menashe put to his guest several leading questions about "eliminating" Mr. Mugabe. Thanks to a pinhole camera Mr. Ben Menashe had installed in the ceiling, the whole conversation was taped.

Because the videotape was sent back to Zimbabwe as proof of a coup plot, Mr. Tsvangirai wound up jailed on treason charges in the midst of the 2002 presidential election campaign. He was eventually acquitted and lived to fight in this year's election, though he stood down last month complaining that state-sponsored election violence had resulted in the deaths of more than 80 of his supporters.

During the 2002 controversy, Mr. Ben Menashe circulated a press release saying that he sent the videotape to Harare because he felt "morally compelled to assist the embattled people of Zimbabwe and their President Robert Mugabe."

However, records show that shortly afterward, his consultancy, Dickens & Madson, signed a $400,000 contract to do PR work for Mr. Mugabe.

Those details are all a matter of public record. Under the terms of the U.S. Justice Department's Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, freelancers such as Mr. Ben Menashe must inform Washington of any attempts to lobby the United States on behalf of any foreign entities.

Newer FARA filings obtained by The Globe indicate Mr. Ben Menashe is no longer directly employed by the Mugabe regime. Rather, the focus of his enterprises these days is Paul Calder LeRoux, a 35-year-old South African-Australian dual citizen, who lives in the Philippines and who made his fortune building call centres.

Mr. LeRoux is not commenting on the deal, but the text of it, as filed by Mr. Ben Menashe, reads that the Montrealer is to "promote policies of the United States favourable to the business activities of the principal," Mr. LeRoux, who "intends to become involved in the leasing of real estate for farming and other purposes in Zimbabwe."

To that end, the FARA filings indicate that Mr. LeRoux made a series of large payments to the Montreal consultancy beginning on March 16, 2007, and ending on Jan. 30.

The amount totals almost $14-million, and it's unclear from the documents whether any land has been leased and why so much money was being paid so quickly. It is also unclear precisely who is pocketing the millions if Mr. Ben Menashe, who said he still visits Zimbabwe, is not.

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Fritz Deelman
2 Jul 2008, 12:10
SA expat in bid for Zim land
02/07/2008 08:18 - (SA)

Julian Rademeyer, Beeld

Johannesburg - A South African expatriate has paid millions of dollars to a former Israeli gun-runner with links to Robert Mugabe in a bid to secure 99-year leases on farmland seized by the Zimbabwean government as part of its land-reform programme.

Paul Calder le Roux, 35, hired Ari Ben-Menashe, a self-proclaimed former Mossad spy who famously tried to discredit Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai by implicating him in a plot to assassinate Mugabe, to facilitate the land deal.

According to documents filed with the United States Justice Department, Le Roux - who now lives in the Philippines - transferred at least $12m (nearly R94m) to Ben-Menashe's Canadian consultancy, Dickens & Madson, between March 2007 and February this year.

Beeld managed to track Le Roux to Manila and contacted him by phone and e-mail.

"Thank you for your e-mail. However, I have no comment," was all he would say.

In an interview with Colin Freeze of the Globe and Mail, Ben-Menashe said: "Those deals are just land in Zimbabwe, that's all ...This is not money that has come into our (Dickens & Madson's) pockets."

'Things are cheap there'

He added that his relationship with the Mugabe regime had been "helpful" in facilitating the deals.

"Now, the government is willing to lease all kinds of land to all kinds of people.

"Things are cheap there... The owners and masters of the land are the black government."

He refused to comment on his dealings with Le Roux. "It's private... I don't want to get into details."

But Le Roux's involvement with Ben-Menashe - the self-described "man of infamy" who set up Tsvangirai - raises serious questions.

In February 2002, Tsvangirai was charged with treason in Harare after Ben-Menashe leaked grainy videotapes of talks with the MDC leader in Montreal in which he appeared to be asking for Dickens & Madson's help in "eliminating" Mugabe.

Tsvangirai denied the allegation. He admitted attending the meeting with what he thought were political consultants, and said he left the room when those present began talking about killing Mugabe.

PR work for 'old friend,Bob'

Ben-Menashe was the Zimbabwean government's star witness, but the judge eventually threw out the case, describing Ben-Menashe as a "rude, unreliable and contemptuous" witness.

He found that "nowhere" in the tape was there a "direct request made by the accused... to assassinate the president".

Ben-Menashe later went on to do public relations work for his "old friend, Bob" Mugabe.

Beeld has seen a copy of an agreement between Le Roux and Ben-Menashe, which was signed on April 2 2007 in Montreal.

The vaguely-worded document makes no mention of Zimbabwe and states that Le Roux has retained Ben-Menashe's firm to "lobby the executive and/or legislative branches of the government of the United States of America and of any other mutually agreed upon country" on his behalf.

It states that Dickens & Madson will "provide other confidential services to assist Mr Le Roux in achieving his goals".

According to the document, Le Roux had to pay $1.2m for Ben-Menashe's "services" on signing the contract.

Wants to lease farmland

Submissions made to the US Justice Department by Ben-Menashe in terms of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act stated that Le Roux "intends to become involved in the leasing of real estate for farming and other purposes in Zimbabwe".

A document dated April 6 last year goes further, stating that Dickens and Madson Canada Inc "will attempt to arrange meetings with representatives of the executive and legislative branches of the US government in order to attempt to generate policies favourable to the business activities of (Le Roux), in particular, but without limitation, (his) efforts to lease farmland from the government of Zimbabwe".

Le Roux is described a s a businessman who "deals in internet commerce and in the installation of call centres in southeast Asia, Costa Rica and Israel".

By his own account, he was born in what was then Rhodesia and wants to "set down roots" in Zimbabwe.

He remains something of an enigma. He lived in Krugersdorp. In 2002, he registered a company called Planetsolar. Then he emigrated.

He lives in Manila in the Philippines in an exclusive, high-security suburb, Dasmari'as Village, which is home to politicians, businessmen and more than a dozen foreign embassies.