Thursday, July 19, 2007
Boasting global links, Clearstream
could spell disaster for galactic
space hopes if us$1.5 trillion in
assets are really in question
In this age of million and billion dollar scandals it is difficult to absorb the size and scale of the us$1.5 trillion Clearstream affair.
Seemingly random figures attached to shorthand words for long lines of zeros.
Perhaps one way standing back and gauging Clearstream is from outer space. The Space Review warns international efforts to get rockets above the air will be badly affected.
clearstream dwarfs enron
tahiti link to trillion dollar fraud
letter to justice minister grabs French media
letter from jpk committee
where it started
2001: clearstream executive spills 1.5 trillion beans
How does the European Clearstream affair compare with the much better known Enron collapse in America?
Like peanuts and elephants. A French justice is pursuing allegations against Clearstream including doubts that us$6.5 trillion in assets is being overstated by $1.5 trillion.
By comparison, Enron involved just $16 billion in undeclared debts. Global trade is roughly $50 trillion annually.
Papers held by journalist Jean Pascal Couraud in his 1997 kidnapping and murder may be linked to an emerging scandal involving us$1.5 trillion in fraud.
The Clearstream scandal is the world's biggest yet. Clearstream is the world's biggest clearing bank, verifying 70 per cent of foreign payments between banks.
The same afternoon he disappeared, Couraud was seen holding a dossier seven centimetres thick. Just a few papers show former presidents Gaston Flosse and Jacques Chirac with US$70 billion in a Japan bank, now being linked to Clearstream fraud.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
French media are widely reporting a letter to the minister of Justice in France from the family of former Pape'ete editor Jean-Pascal Couraud.
Sent in late June, the letter raises the JPK affair to a new level in French national affairs.
No word yet on any response from the minister, but increasingly pointed commentary draws clear links between Couraud's allegations of suicide are being overtaken by detailed claims from all sorts of sources.
What follows is one such story.
Close relations of Jean-Pascal Couraud, an investigative journalist who “committed suicide” in mysterious circumstances in 1997, in Tahiti, claimed today that his death is “most probably” related to the “Chirac bank account in
They have written to Justice minister Rachida Dati.
In this letter, they lay stress, on all syllables, on a possible link between the disappearance of the journalist and the investigations which he then carried out, concerning “financial transfers from French Polynesia to
“The lawyer who worked with Jean-Pascal Couraud at the time of his disappearance revealed to us that in 1997, they both laid out very significant information relating to financial transfers from French Polynesia to
“This lawyer even claims to have been the subject of pressures on him, so much so that he had carefully considered ceasing any work on this affair.
But Jean-Pascal Couraud was known to be unstoppable; he intended to use this information and make it known.”
On the spot, some gendarmes suspect the family of seeking to draw attention of authorities to a file which risks ending in withdrawal, with no formal proof of murder, however probable, being found.
Secret agents of Gaston Flosse implicated
At 37 years of age, Jean-Pascal Couraud disappeared on the night of 15th -16th December, 1997.
Former editor of the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles, he was in close relations with Boris Léontieff, an opponent of Gaston Flosse, a mainstay of the island, a friend of Chirac and always a senator.
After the death of Couraud, who signed his articles “JPK”, a suicide theory seemed to take hold. He was not at all well, and even his family was not astonished.
But in October 2004, a man named Vetea Guilloux, former member of the Intervention Group of of Polynesia (GIP), a security service of the Polynesian Presidency, makes an explosive statement (see it video).
One evening during a drinking session, he claims in writing to gendarmes, two members of the GIP boasted about their murder of Couraud.
He had been tortured, then drowned outside of
Interrogated, Vetea Guilloux, reconsiders his claims.
This reconsideration translates into an appearance in front of a correctional court a few days later, an almost immediate appearance, where he gets a twelve months prison sentence, with three months without parole for libellous denunciation.
The family of the journalist then creates a committee to support reopening of the investigation, and start researching the truth behind the disappearance of Jean-Pascal Couraud.
Very recently, the committee claims to have collected new evidence including a lawyer who confesses to the brother of the missing man.
“Spontaneous statements from various people close to the centre of the GIP confirm to us, sometimes in a very precise manner, the reality of his assassination by a team from the GIP”, committee founders write in their letter to Rachida Dati.
Fear, however, prevents these witnesses “from going to the end with their statements”.
Philippe Couraud, brother of JPK, tells news site Rue89 that he has gained admissions last February from a lawyer friendly with his brother.
He was a lawyer engaged against Flosse, who continues to exert influence in
“During ten years, this lawyer had consolidated theories of a suicide involving Jean-Pascal.
“But there, spontaneously, in my office, he started to speak to me about this affair.”
He told him how, with Jean-Pascal Couraud, they had taken note of considerable transfers from a prosperous and highly respected pearl culturing company to a Japanese account whose holder was, it is believed, Jacques Chirac.
The lawyer was followed, burglarized.
He then decided to keep his distance.
But JPK continued.
Dumped in water with breeze blocks attached to the feet
Today, Philippe Couraud suspects an interrogation which went badly.
“They obviously sought a document. They would have shown zeal to look good with their superiors.”
The GIP of Flosse had close links with the DGSE, which followed closely, in 1997, the case of the Japanese account, as testified by documents recently seized within the framework of the Clearstream affair.
According to accounts collected by the brothers of JPK, in particular that of HT, the journalist was thrown into water between
One of the witnesses said that once an unconscious “inanimate JPK was brought back up, an order would have been given to release the body.”
Herve Gaymard: Clearstream business “abracadabraesque”
Former minister for the Economy, Herve Gaymard, on Friday described the Clearstream affair and a hunt by Dominique de Villepin for answers as “abracadabraesque”.
“That really does not interest me” but “everyone follows this affair like a television serial or a comic strip”, Herve Gaymard commented on LCI.
“All that should not divert us from the real problems of
“If the expression had not been already employed, I would say that all this is ‘abracadabraesque’”, said the former minister, forced to resign over another affair concerning work conducted by the State on an apartment.
“In particular I want to make the comment that in this Clearstream business, nobody understands anything”, even though “this is two, three years that they speak to us about this subject”, complained the UMP deputy for
Monday, July 02, 2007
The following letter was sent from the JPK Support Committee at 17:29, dated 2nd July 2007, concerning an ongoing inquiry into the alleged assassination of former Pape'ete editor Jean Pascal Couraud.
Original French has been translated, fairly roughly, into English by avaiki news agency.
June 26, 2007
For all our friends and sympathizers of the committee of support, a progress report on the case.
Letter dated June 20, 2007
Minister of Justice Article Liberation of June 25, 2007
According to our sources, gendarmes have finished their investigations relating to the letter of inquiry with which they had been charged, and are about to pass the whole case to the examining magistrate.
The lawyer which worked with Jean-Pascal Couraud at the time of his disappearance has just lodged our application.
The examining magistrate could then propose instruction from any time now seeking quick closure, so the whole investigation file can be placed at the disposal of civil courts.
Without being able to establish formal evidence of an assassination, the fact is that investigators highlighted the reality behind claims about people exposed by Vetea Guilloux, as was shown through carrying out hearings.
In these statements, made by various people and various ex-convicts, the authors of these facts explain, sometimes in a detailed way, the crime which they committed upon the person of Jean-Pascal Couraud.
We await passing on of the case in order to determine if new hearings might be required. We still continue to collect declarations of people, ex-employees of the GIP, in various circumstances having heard or been told the history of this assassination in a way detailed by the authors themselves.
In addition, according to the national press (see the article of Liberation attached), documents seized within the framework of the Clearstream affair confirms that the existence of a Japanese account held by Chirac was well followed, very closely, by the DGSE since 1997.
Thus, the statements made by the lawyer of Jean-Pascal Couraud, indicating a direct or indirect implication of agents or ex-agents of the DGSE in the disappearance of Jean-Pascal Couraud, could prove to be exact.
It is thus useful to recall that the persons in charge of the teams in charge of monitoring and espionage within the ex-GIP, were themselves of ex-agents of the DGSE. This was recently heard by the examining magistrate our application.
In this context, according to the advice of our lawyer, it appeared convenient to us at this stage of the case to address ourselves directly to the new Minister of Justice in order to sensitize him on the very particular character of this affair, and on the strong need for justice and truth tested by numerous Polynesians.
A copy of this mail is sent for you as attached. Thanking you for your support,
Following is a text only version of the original email, in French.
26 juin 2007
A tous nos amis et sympathisants du comité de soutien,
Etat d’avancement du dossier
Pièces jointes : Lettre à Garde des sceaux en date du 20 juin 2007
Article Libération du 25 juin 2007
Selon nos sources, les gendarmes auraient terminé leurs investigations liées à la commission rogatoire dont ils avaient été saisie et seraient sur le point de transmettre l’ensemble du dossier au juge d’instruction. Celui-ci vient d’auditionner à notre demande, l’avocat avec lequel travaillait Jean-Pascal Couraud lors de sa disparition. Le juge d’instruction pourrait alors désormais proposer rapidement la clôture de l’instruction et mettre l’ensemble du dossier d’enquête à la disposition de la partie civile.
Sans avoir pu établir de preuves formelles d’un assassinat, les enquêteurs laissent transparaître le fait que les auditions effectués ont mis en évidence la réalité des déclarations des personnes accusées par Vetea Guilloux. Dans ces déclarations qui ont été faites à diverses personnes et à diverses reprises, les auteurs des faits expliquent, parfois de manière détaillée, le crime qu’ils ont commis sur la personne de Jean-Pascal Couraud.
Nous attendons la transmission des pièces du dossier afin de déterminer si de nouvelles auditions doivent être demandées puisque nous continuons encore à recueillir les déclarations de personnes, ex-salariés du GIP, ayant entendu l’histoire de cet assassinat racontée de manière détaillée par les auteurs eux-mêmes, dans des circonstances diverses.
Par ailleurs, selon la presse nationale (voir l’article de Libération ci-joint), les documents saisis dans le cadre de l’affaire Clearstream confirment que l’existence du compte japonais de Chirac était bien un dossier suivi de très près par la DGSE dés 1997. Ainsi, les déclarations faites par l’avocat de Jean-Pascal Couraud, indiquant une implication directe ou indirecte d’agents ou ex-agents de la DGSE dans la disparition de Jean-Pascal Couraud, pourraient s’avérer exactes. Il est ainsi utile de rappeler que les responsables des équipes chargées de la surveillance et de l’espionage au sein de l’ex-GIP, étaient eux-mêmes des ex-agents de la DGSE. Il a été récemment entendu par le juge d’instruction à notre demande.
Dans ce contexte, suivant les conseils de notre avocat, il nous a paru opportun à ce stade du dossier de nous adresser directement à la nouvelle Garde des Sceaux afin de la sensibiliser sur le caractère très particulier de cette affaire, et sur le fort besoin de justice et vérité éprouvé par de nombreux Polynésiens. Copie de ce courrier vous est transmis en pièces jointe.
Vous remerciant de votre soutien,