by Christian Mensch
First exchange of blows concerning Bruno Manser Fund before the Basel Civil Court
[English translation of the original German language article - Zeit Der Abrechnung]
Sakto Corporation is a small real estate company in Ottawa, Canada. But Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) is certain: Sakto is engaged in money laundering. The firm is funded by money allegedly earned through deforestation of the Malaysian rainforest. After all, Sakto belongs to the daughter of the Malaysian ex-governor Mahmud Taib and her husband.
The Basel-based nongovernmental organization has waged a campaign against Sakto for nine years as part of its effort to combat rainforest deforestation. In the past year, however, its attempt to obtain concrete financial data on Sakto by judicial means in Canada failed. Since then, a counter-campaign against BMF has been under way.
In August, Sakto filed an extensive action with the Civil Court in Basel for defamation. It is linked to a request for preliminary injunctive relief, requiring BMF to delete statements in the public domain and face a fine of 1,000 francs a day in the event of further “infringing acts.” On Friday, an initial hearing took place before the judge Salome Wolf, which was to address two preliminary questions: Is there urgency to justify the injunctive relief? And do the Basel judicial authorities even have jurisdiction in the case?
by Franziska Laur
Canadian real estate firm sues for defamation
[English translation of the original German language article - Ungemach Für Manser Fond]
Basel. For nine whole years, Sakto, a Canadian real estate firm, has been aware of the accusations of money laundering leveled by the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), but now its patience has apparently come to an end: yesterday the Canadians asked the Basel Civil Court to prohibit the further dissemination of 1,100 accusatory documents.
Two sub-aspects of the case were heard yesterday: whether Canadian or Swiss law should be applied and whether an urgent preliminary injunction should be handed down.
Both parties expressed confidence that they will prevail and said that they were glad to be able to make their case. The court will inform the parties of its judgment by mail. It can be assumed that the Sakto v. BMF case will be litigated for a long time to come.
April 20, 2018, 5:13 PM EDT
A Swiss environmental group’s attempt to link a Canadian real estate company to Malaysian corruption failed because the advocates didn’t come up with enough evidence.
The Ontario Superior Court has dismissed an application by the Swiss-based Activist group, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) for a Norwich Pharmacal Order which sought banking records of a private Canadian company, Sakto Corporation.orporation.
By NST - February 7, 2018 @ 11:40am
ONTARIO: The Ontario Superior Court has dismissed an application by the Swiss-based Activist group, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) for a Norwich Pharmacal Order which sought banking records of a private Canadian company, Sakto Corporation.
In a statement issued today by GRA Communications, Legal Counsel for Sakto Corporation, Duncan Fraser said the judge had ruled that Canadian law did not allow foreign “vigilante citizens’ groups” to circumvent the Canadian constitution and get access to private records.
He said the judge ruled that this was especially so “where they don’t have evidence any crime was committed.”
THE BORNEO POST
KUCHING: A Canadian court dismissed an application by Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) for the disclosure of financial data in a money-laundering case involving an Ottawa real estate company.
According to a report by Free Malaysia Today, Ontario Superior Court Justice Sean Dunphy reportedly said BMF was “asking for greater powers than the police have”.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 5, 2018
UPDATED FEBRUARY 6, 2018
DAVE CHAN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL
JAMES BRADSHAW/BANKING REPORTER
An Ontario judge swiftly dismissed an unusual request to obtain sensitive financial records made by a group pursuing allegations of money laundering involving an Ottawa real estate firm with family ties to Malaysian officials.
The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), a Swiss-based advocacy group, went to court with a novel approach that sought the equivalent of a search warrant. If successful, it would have forced some of Canada's largest banks to turn over financial records relating to business dealings by Sakto Corp., an influential force in Ottawa real estate.