WORLD NEWS TOMORROW- SOUTH AFRICA : Joe Emeran, The Chairman of the South African Institute for International Affairs for Western Cape, South Africa, resigned on Tuesday after two phone calls were made to discredit a renowned Diamond specialist who was schedule to talk on a seminar on the topic of blood diamonds in Cape Town, South Africa.
The two callers, whose identities were withheld, attempted to discredit Baron Baretzky a renowned diamond specialist who was scheduled to talk on the 4th of July on the topic of Blood Diamonds. World news managed to trace one caller who admitted that he made a call but denied the allegations that he tried to discredit Baron Baretzky in any way. Chairman, Joe Emeran called the manner in which SAIIA handled the events unethical and not what the SAIIA stands for. Chairman Joe Emeran said that “I was under the impression that SAIIA was to stimulate debate and not take sides either for or against any individual or argument.”
According to Chairman, Joe Emeran, It seems that the SAIIA responded without doing proper due diligence and consultation, by summarily cancelling the Seminar without proper explanation. Some would perceive this conduct as unethical.
The chosen topic “Blood Diamonds”, the New Global Terrorism Trade Currency for Arms and How it Affects our Global Threats” is a controversial one that appears to have been the source of the intimidation which caused the SAIIA to be shaken and to blink fearing to stir up a hornets’ nest despite being a so-called open forum where such matters may be debated. The ripple effect that these events caused resulted in Chairman Joe Emeran’s summary resignation.
Baron Baretzky, an Internationally Qualified Diamond expert and Law-Enforcement specialist in the combating of crime related to the trade of Blood Diamond’s and also the Chairman of the International Committee of the Certified Authenticated Mineral Regulator (CAMS) is well known for fighting crime in the international arena.
Without the subject being debated and the way in which such a recognized specialist had been treated results in more questions than the answers the presentation was designed to provide. One may rightly ask how far the influence of the illicit trades might stretch in South Africa? When asked by World News to comment, Baron Baretzky simply stated that he feels that should the SAIIA not wish see the truth then they are simply not worth my participation. “Ironically, I was not getting paid for this either. Since I was invited by the organization to present the address, I thought it generous to agree to participate in the seminar to experience other debates around the topic. I never heard from them before until they approached me” Baretzky said shaking his head.” Fortunately I have not booked any flights and accommodation for this event”
Baron Baretzky has been endorsed by several well known organizations such as the ISI, a member of the FBI, CCAL and GCAL the leading forensic laboratories in the world for Diamonds. His reputation as a Global specialist from Belgium stretches far and beyond law-enforcement and he is renowned for exposing corruption.
Mr. Frederick Coward, one of the leading Special Agents in law-enforcement, a former Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) and Legal Attaché with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whom has vetted and endorsed Baretzky’s findings, told World News Tomorrow “This is clearly a situation that is in violation of the South African Case Law. Defamation is “the intentional and wrongful publication and communication of words or behavior to a third party which has the effect objectively viewed of injuring a person or entity’s reputation”. This law protects “Free Speech” as well as a person’s right against intimidation and reprisals for expressing one’s opinion as a specialist and in this case specifically a specialist in the diamond industry who in this instance went through the effort to protect the public and the diamond industry and marketplace from illegal activities”
In 2010 Baron Baretzky notified the diamond industry before going viral, that synthetic diamonds poses a threat to the world diamond industry and was widely criticized for this remark. However, last month the World Diamond Federation published an alert indicating that hundreds of CVD synthetics exist and poses a threat to the industry.
Only two years ago the diamond industry of South Africa denied that such a threat existed and tried to suppress it in an article written by the Diamond and Jewelry Federation of South Africa (DJFSA) published in the renowned magazine “Mining Weekly” entitled “Diamond Fingerprinting Article Inaccurate” in which was stated only 30 synthetics are reported undisclosed annually.
The topic chosen for the 4th of July clearly indicates that a fear exists that the stability of the market may result from such far reaching revelations. It is a known fact that diamonds are used as a currency to trade arms in use by Terrorist organisations. The Charles Taylor case is one of which successfully exposed this. Thus the topic is certainly of real value to be examined and questioned by the opinion formers and decision makers of today.
Comments to World News Tomorrow
Brig Gen John Del Monte (ret) SM (and bar), MMM, KStS
DIRECTOR : South African Counter Intelligence Agency ( SACIA)
As a resident in South Africa and witness to corruption and political manipulation on a daily basis, I read with a large measure of discomfort of what appears to be a reputable forum that has succumbed to pressure thus allowing itself to be manipulated into what is tantamount to suppressing open debate. This I might add in a country that is struggling to avoid the passage of a draconian piece of legislation called “The Protection of State Information Bill”. The action by the SAIIA could be considered to be another form of censorship.
In my opinion, the chairman should be commended for doing the honourable thing, and that was to resign. Well done Mr Emeran, you are an example in a country where it is unheard of to take responsibility for the conduct of the organisation that one leads.
As a director of the South African Counter Intelligence Agency (SACIA) I was initially impressed by SAIIA presenting such a new challenge in our environment where there are so many emerging challenges to State security and stability as well as law and order. Sadly this admiration was misplaced and I am at a loss of how to regard SAIIA. I accept that the leadership of SAIIA must have assessed the risk when they decided to cancel the Seminar but I believe that the credibility of SAIIA has suffered damage and I will be interested to see their damage control measures.
Brig Gen John Del Monte (ret) SM (and bar), MMM, KStS
DIRECTOR : SACIA
Comment from ISI – FBI USA
Frederick Coward is the President and Owner of Investigative Services International (ISI-Corp) Corporation www.isi-corp.com and a retired Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) & Legal Attaché with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His combined law enforcement career spans 48 years dedicated to public and private security services to the United States Government and Security Services provided to its clients worldwide.
“This is clearly a situation that is in violation of South African Case Law.
Defamation is “the intentional and wrongful publication and communication of words or behavior to a third party which has the effect objectively viewed of injuring a person or entity’s reputation”. This law protects “Free Speech” as well as a person’s right against intimidation and reprisals for expressing one’s opinion as a expert specifically an expert in the diamond industry who in this instance was an effort to protect the public and the diamond industry marketplace from illegal activities.’
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