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David Mills set up a company whose directors included Mr Dell'Utri who acted 'as the intermediary between Silvio Berlusconi's political party and the mafia'. Mr Dell'Utri's 'mafia links began in his youth', a Palermo court heard, 'and in 1993 he met with the the mafia's governing Cupola to successfully solicit its vote-gathering powers on behalf of Mr Berlusconi'.
Source: Mills linked to mafia go-between
Italian prosecution documents seen by The Times allege that the Home Office blatantly jeopardised an investigation designed to bring Mr Mills to trial. The prosecutors claimed that the Home Office had harmed their inquiry and a move to extradite Mr Mills, by revealing "extremely sensitive information" to the Berlusconi Government — the targets of the probe.
Simultaneously, the Serious Fraud Office suddenly stopped dealing directly with the prosecutors in Milan.
David Mills is the brother-in-law of Barbara Mills, formerly director of the Serious Fraud Office and formerly Director of Public Prosecutions.
In 2003, it was revealed that David Mills was involved in a project to sell jet aircraft to Iran.
In the summer of 2002 Mills talked to Baroness Symons, then a Foreign Office minister, about his interests in Iran.
According to The Observer:
He was trying to broker a $200m deal to sell aircraft to Iran but the problem was that the US had strict sanctions prohibiting this. Mills explained the difficulty to his wife's colleague. Symons asked him to drop her a letter - a copy of which was leaked last January and revealed how Symons had given him advice on proceeding with the deal.The Observer has now obtained the original letter which Mills wrote to Symons on 9 July 2002, 10 days after the Oxford dinner.
Mills wrote: 'Dear Liz... I am sure HMG [government] will wish to offer such support as it can to smooth the path with our American friends...
'The ministerial code states that ministers must declare to their permanent secretary the financial interests of their spouses if they could appear to be a potential conflict of interest.
At the time Mills, who had travelled to Tehran, confirmed that he had discussed his Iranian work with Jowell, so she was aware of it.
When contacted by The Observer in May 2003 about the original potentially sanctions-busting deal, Mills initially claimed that Jowell's permanent secretary had been informed, but he later admitted that this was not the case.
In 1996, Mills set up banking arrangements to handle payments in a GBP300 million military contract for the Ukraine to sell 320 tanks to Pakistan.
It was in the early 1980s, that Mills was put in charge of creating a complex web of offshore companies on behalf of Italian prime minister Berlusconi. These companies were in tax havens such as Panama. Berlusconi, allegedly used these companies to evade tax, bribe judges and make illegal payments to footballers.
Source Daily Mail 23 Feb 2006 http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/02/23/1402656.htm
Back on 29 July 1999, Express Newspapers related:"THE husband of Health Minister Tessa Jowell is to be questioned by Scotland Yard as part of an investigation into a shipment of blood infected with the deadly HIV virus...
"Italian magistrates are investigating a London-based company which was behind the planned shipment of 25 tons of blood plasma worth up to £2million from a port in Italy.
"In another episode Mr Mills was caught up in a nuclear waste controversy. A company he had formed for clients was named in a Greenpeace report into toxic waste dumping at sea." http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a37a01b047c58.htm
Mills name was also linked to an alleged fraud involving Hydrofoils .
After Blair won the 1997 general election, he made Jowell his public health minister.According to The Observer ( How the lawyer's pub deal brewed a storm of trouble ) :
At the time Jowell was involved in discussions with the drinks industry about a range of issues from relaxing drinking regulations to alcopops. She was also working on a white paper about the future of tobacco use that would see the government back away from banning smoking in pubs...
Documents obtained by The Observer reveal that on 8 February 1998, Mills used a company based in the British Virgin Islands to buy 90,895 shares in a little-known firm called the Old Monk Company...
The Old Monk Company is involved with pubs and drink.
Mills pumped £80,000 into the company...
Reportedly the shares were sold, on 3 September 1999, for £147,977.
Assuming the detailed evidence collected by the Italian prosecutor is accurate, this suggests that in a space of just 18 months while his wife was public health minister, Mills had turned a profit of £67,000 - a return of more than 80 per cent...
Opponents are likely to seize on this as an apparent conflict of interest that should have been declared.
The Observer article continues:
Within 18 months the Labour Party would be trying to secure votes at the 2001 General Election by sending out text messages to students saying: 'Cdnt give a XXXX 4 lst ordrs? Then vote Labour for extra time.' After Labour was returned to power, Jowell was promoted to Culture Secretary with the job of driving through the new drinking laws.
Jowell is to face questions over how she secured crucial Italian support for the 2012 London Games.
According to the Independent newspaper, sources from various cities in the 2012 bid said that powerful International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Mario Pescante, who as Italian Sports Minister was answerable to Berlusconi, became a surprise convert to London after initially backing it’s main rival Paris. The source said, “we were astounded and perplexed by his support for London. There was a belief that Berlusconi would virtually order Mr. Pescante to back London”.
Source: Support For London 2012 Bid May Have Been Influenced
The father of David Mills was a top spy.
According to The Independent:
"At the end of the war, Kenneth Mills was running MI5's operations from Gibraltar. Later, he was transferred to Jamaica and - according to a family legend - personally foiled an attempted revolution in Cuba. Its leader, Fidel Castro, survived to try again."
David Mills is the brother-in-law of Barbara Mills, formerly director of the Serious Fraud Office and formerly Director of Public Prosecutions.
Barbara Mills is married to John Mills, a leading Camden councillor and a business tycoon. David Mills and Tessa Jowell are also former Camden councillors.
David Mills has dined at Chequers. He has also played golf frequently with Alastair Campbell. He has dined with Elisabeth Murdoch. Peter Mandelson and David Blunkett have been guests at his second home, in Gloucestershire.
One of Labour's election promises was to end tobacco sponsorship of sport.
In November 1997, it emerged that the British Government was trying to protect Formula 1 racing from an EU-wide ban. Mr Mills was both legal adviser to and a former director of Benetton Formula 1. His wife, as Minister for Public Health, was responsible for government policy on smoking.
It emerged that the Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had secretly donated £1m to Labour funds.
Italian prosecutors began searching for the money trails leading to and from Silvio Berlusconi.
Mills gave evidence at Berlusconi's two trials, in 1997 and 1998.
Reportedly, Mills is linked to a corrupt land deal involving a convicted criminal.
The following is extracted from The Guardian 6 February 2006
1. The allegation that Mr Mills had raised his wife's status during a tax investigation prompted Tory MPs to question whether he had received special treatment. During the investigation, Mr Mills told his accountant he had received £350,000, which he initially said came from Mr Berlusconi, and now maintains came from another Italian client. The money - which was used to help pay a £625,000 mortgage on the couple's north London home - had not been declared to the taxman.
The leaked documents reveal that Mr Mills asked his accountant whether the special compliance office of Revenue & Customs needed to be contacted in view of his wife's position. It is not clear whether this was a plea for special treatment or not. Nevertheless, a number of tax specialists have suggested that the level of tax, interest and penalties which Mr Mills subsequently paid could be regarded as lenient.
2. Earlier in the week it emerged that Mr Mills had referred to his wife's status and claimed the "support and sympathy" of the prime minister in dealings with financial regulators in Dubai.
3. Questions were also asked yesterday about the single mother living on a council estate in London's East End who is recorded as a director or company secretary of 19 companies which Mr Mills established on behalf of his Italian clients.
4. Mr Mills was also linked to a corrupt land deal involving the convicted criminal whom he now insists was the source of the £350,000 payment at the heart of many of the couple's problems.
Italian prosecutors are reported to have discovered that Mr Mills was the administrator of a company registered in the Isle of Man that bought into the deal in the port of Salerno in 1992. The chief beneficiary, Diego Attanasio, was jailed for bribing officials to ensure the deal went through, and is now appealing against his sentence. This would mean, according to Mr Mills' current account of his affairs and according to Ms Jowell's statement last week to Sir Gus O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, that their London home was paid for, in part, by a convicted criminal.
The following is extracted from
March 2 2006
In Milan yesterday, people close to the investigation spoke to the Financial Times.
They confirmed that they were investigating whether Mr Mills received up to $1m from Mr Berlusconi, a bigger sum than reported previously, in return for favourable testimony that he gave during corruption hearings against the Italian prime minister.
According to the prosecutors, who have used analysis conducted by KPMG, the audit firm, about $1m of the $2m transferred on the orders of the Bahamas group was used on business dealings with Diego Attanasio, a shipping magnate.
Of the rest, $600,000 was cycled through financial and legal groups in Gibraltar and Switzerland before being invested in various places including two hedge funds, Giano Capital and Torrey Global Offshore.
The remaining $400,000, they said, was diverted to bank accounts controlled by Mr Mills and still under investigation.
Once it arrived in an unidentified Swiss account, the money was moved to a trust controlled by Mr Attanasio in Gibraltar, before returning to Switzerland, albeit to a different account.
The trail involves a joint mortgage with Ms Jowell, just one of several loans secured on the couple’s homes to fund investments by Mr Mills and which the prosecutors are investigating.
The proceeds raised from this loan, believed to be for about €650,000 – raised from SG Hambros in September 2000 – were used by Mr Mills to invest in Centurion, a Guernsey-based hedged equity fund.
The fund is managed by Sigma Asset Management, an entity of London-based Atlas Capital.
The money held in Torrey was used to pay off the mortgage the following month.
The swiftness with which Mr Mills liquidated the Hambros loan has raised questions over whether he needed to seek a mortgage in the first place to make the investment in Centurion, which invests in mutual funds and other vehicles across Europe.
In theory, it could have been a more straightforward transaction to take the money out of Torrey and switch it directly into the Centurion fund. The money in Torrey had already been in place much earlier in the year.
Senior Whitehall officials are understood to have been told this week that Mr Mills raised the mortgage because he wanted to take advantage of a specific window of opportunity to invest in Centurion. One newspaper has said he thought the fund was “very hot”.
When contacted by the FT yesterday, Sigma dismissed suggestions that there was any time-limited investment opportunity at around the time Mr Mills put the money into the Centurion fund.
Mr Mills has dismissed as “hogwash” suggestions that he was trying to launder the Torrey fund money into Britain by raising a loan to disguise its origins.
Italian officials say Culture Secretary Tessa Jowells' husband David Mills, 61, was paid to give false evidence in court for Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. Mr Mills denies that. He admits writing a letter to his accountants where he appears to be describing a payment, but claims he was inventing a scenario to get tax advice. Here is the full text of that letter:
2 February 2004
The brief relevant facts are these.
In 1996 I ended up with a dividend from Mr B's companies of around £1.5m after all the tax and fees had been paid.
This was all done on a personal basis: I took the risk, and kept my partners right out of it.
Wisely or otherwise, I informed my partners what I had done and, since it was a substantial windfall, offered to pay them (I think) around £50,000 or £100,000 each as what I though [sic] was a pretty generous gesture.
Which shows you how you can be, as they insisted the transaction should be treated as a partnership profit. To avoid litigation (we had just merged with Withers) I agreed to put the money on deposit in my bank until they were satisfied that there would be no third part claim.
By 2000 it was clear there would be no claim (I knew that all along) and the money was taken off deposit and paid out; I kept just under £500,000 out of what was then getting on for £2m.
So all that risk and cost for not very much. The greatest cost was leaving Withers. I was not asked to leave it, but felt so uncomfortable there, not least because my Mackenzie Mills partners had taken most of the benefit for none of the risk, that I really couldn't stay.
I spent 1998, 1999 and 2000 as a sole practitioner, and it was evident that the trials were going on, there would be lawyers to pay and there was always the risk of being charged with something - which is actually about to happen now as a result of the latest investigation, which you know about.
I kept in close touch with the B people, and they knew my circumstances.
They knew, in particular, how my partners had taken most of the dividend; they also knew quite how much the way in which I had been able to give my evidence (I told no lies, but I turned some very tricky corners, to put it mildly) had kept Mr B out of a great deal of trouble that I would have landed him in if I had said all I knew.
At around the end of 1999, I was told I would receive money, which I could treat as a long term loan or a gift. $600,000 was put in a hedge fund and I was told it would be there if I needed it.
(It was put in the fund because the person connected to the B organisations was someone I had discussed this fund with on many occasions, and it was a round about way of making the money available.)
For obvious reasons of their own (I was at that stage still a prosecution witness, but my evidence had been given) it needed to be done discreetly. And this was a roundabout way.
At the end of 2000 I wanted to invest in another fund, and my bank made a loan of the amount, secured on my house etc., of around 650,000 euros. I paid it off by liquidating the $600,000. I attach a copy of the dollar account.
I regarded the payment as a gift. What else could it be? I wasn't employed, I wasn't acting for them, I wasn't doing anything for them, I had already given my evidence, but there was certainly the risk of future legal costs (as there have been) and a great deal of anxiety (as there certainly have been).
This has been going on for more than eight years now. My contract was aware of how my income earning capacity had been damaged, and in 1998 and 1999 I was able to send bills from my practice to certain companies, which were paid and increased my income. But this was different.
Because I was pretty sure my CGT position was negative overall, I stupidly made no returns on my transactions. If they are closely looked at (i.e., where did the money come from to buy the centurion shares?), I am obviously concerned about what to do and how this should best be handled.
I attach the key documents.
Antonino Giuffre was a senior mafia boss in Italy. He became a supergrass.
In January 2003, Giuffre told a court that Marcello Dell'Utri, a close aide to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, promised to help the mafia in return for electoral support for Berlusconi's party, Forza Italia.
Reportedly the mafia helped Forza Italia in March 1992 when it ordered the murder of Salvo Lima, a Sicilian Christian Democrat.
Mr Giuffre said the mafia had been in contact with members of Mr Berlusconi's Fininvest company.The Mafia received assurances that Berlusconi's party would rein in the police, soften jail conditions for mafiosi and change laws.
Tony Blair is a close friend of Berlusconi and has stayed with him on holiday in Italy.Tessa Jowell is one of Blair's top ministers. Her husband, David Mills, has worked closely with Berlusconi.
1994 Investigators start to look at offshore businesses belonging to Berlusconi.
1996 The UK Serious Fraud Office stages a raid on an office that is connected with Mills over the activities of Berlusconi’s companies.
1997 Mills allegedly misleads an Italian court trying Berlusconi.
1998 The lawyer allegedly makes a false declaration during a second hearing.
1999 A £350,000 “gift” is placed for Mills in an offshore hedge fund.
2000 Mills and Jowell take out a mortgage of £450,000.2000 The £350,000 “gift” is brought onshore in order to repay the mortgage.
2004 Mills tells his accountants that the gift has come from “the B people”.
2004 Mills tells Italian prosecutors that the money was from Berlusconi, but later retracts this.
2006 Mills’s home and office are raided by British police at the request of Italians.
Tessa Jowell is bringing Vegas-style Gambling to the U.K.
LONDON, March 26 2002 (UPI) -
The British government announced Tuesday it will open the country's doors to Las Vegas-style casinos...
Plans for a new era of easy gambling across Britain were unveiled in a government White Paper outlined by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.
The new legislation will scrap many of the restrictive laws imposed 34 years ago, mainly to prevent "problem betting" and control of casinos by the Mafia and other gangsters...
by Janice Turner, Times (UK), October 24, 2004
A LEAFLET from my local MP came through my door this week. There is a picture of jolly Tessa Jowell...
Huge US companies have already earmarked sites in run-down areas such as Salford and Hull...
I voted for Tessa, expecting an MP who would combat the gambling industry, not act as its pimp."
Blair adviser acted for Packer casinos:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1827639,00.html
Blunkett : £70,000 http://politics.guardian.co.uk/blunkett/story/0,15648,1606662,00.html
Britain's network of child drug runners: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1593312,00.html