Friday, October 24, 2008

Mandelson, Montenegro, Rothschild, Mafia, Deripaska

Montenegro, linked to the Mafia and top people

Photo of Montenegro by Einer flog zu Weit

Montenegro and its Prime Minister Milo Đukanović allegedly have links to various Mafias.

Nat Rothschild, UK government minister Lord Mandelson and Russian billionaire Mr Deripaska reportedly have links to Montenegro.

Montenegro's Dukanovic

1. Wikipedia (Cached) tells us:

According to a 1997 report by the Guardia di Finanza, Montenegro is part of a smuggling group divided among various crime families connected to the Sicilian mafia, Camorra and Sacra corona unita. [5]

Various reports implicate Đukanović in doing business with different Mafia bosses like Neapolitan Camorra's Ciro Mazzarella who was arrested in 1993 in Lugano.[6]

Since then, other mafia figures like Francesco Prudentino, Gerardo Cuomo, Filippo Messina operated out of Montenegro closely tied to Đukanović's government.[7]

In 1996, Italy's Anti-mafia Investigative Agency taped a telephone conversation between Cuomo and Santo Vantaggiato, a fugitive from Italian law hiding in Montenegro. The two men were discussing the election in Montenegro, and Cuomo boasted that he was close to senior Montenegrin politicians. [8]

In July 2003, the prosecutor's office in Naples named Đukanović as a linchpin in the illicit trade which used Montenegro as a transit point for smuggling millions of cigarettes across the Adriatic sea into Italy and into the hands of the Italian mafia for distribution across the EU.[7]

Mandelson - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007

2. The Daily Mail, 24 October 2008, tells us:

"Lord Mandelson is facing scrutiny of his championing of the tiny Adriatic nation of Montenegro as a world trading partner. Aluminium tycoon Mr Deripaska has invested heavily in the country...

"Financier Nat Rothschild... also has interests there.

"Mr Rothschild, Mr Deripaska and other investors want to turn a bay in Montenegro into a £5billion haven for the super-rich...

"It emerged that Lord Mandelson had been seen with Mr Deripaska at a Moscow restaurant in 2004, after being appointed EU trade commissioner - but before taking up the post...

"In December 2005 Lord Mandelson signed off a decision to remove punitive EU aluminium tariffs that benefited the Russian's business." - Mandelson to face questions over links to Russian tycoon and plans for a £5bn super-rich haven in Montenegro

3. Richard Littlejohn, in the Daily Mail, 24 October 2008, writes:

"You were living in the Rue des Jeunes Garcons...

"Does the name Dr David Kelly mean anything to you?...

"You came to lower import tariffs on aluminium while at the same time enjoying the hospitality most extensive at the expense of our host, who par coincidence just happens to be the biggest aluminium baron in Russia. ...

"Your two bons amis, Monsieur Rothschild here et Monsieur Deripaska - on whose magnificent yacht you are currently staying - are both investing heavily in Montenegro..." - RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: The cast list of The Corfu Connection reads like an Agatha Christie novel


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