Sunday, April 11, 2010

GANGSTERS' LINKS TO POLITICIANS


Jim Murphy

In Italy, the famous P2 masonic lodge was a link between the mafia and the government.

The UK Labour Party would appear to have links to gangsters.

Government minister Jim Murphy of the Labour party has a problem - reportedly a gangster attended his election fundraiser

Lewis Rodden is a convicted gangster.

According to a report in the Sunday Herald, 11 April 2010, Lewis Rodden appeared at a Labour Party election fundraiser for Jim Murphy, who is Gordon Brown's Secretary of State for Scotland.

At the fundraiser, former defence secretary John Reid, of the Labour party, was the keynote speaker.

John Reid's son married the daughter of notorious gangster Ronnie Campbell. (Home Secretary Reid's father-in-law arrested in £280000 drugs bust ...)

Labour councillor and Strathclyde (Glasgow) Police Authority member Betty Cunningham is 'on first-name terms' with Lewis Rodden.

In 2002, drug dealer Justin McAlroy attended one of the Scottish Labour party's Red Rose dinners.

McAlroy, who was shot dead within days of attending the event, was yards away from former First Minister Jack McConnell and John Reid.

Reportedly, Jack McConnell's wife's department, and Jack McConnell's party organisation in Glasgow, gave Eddie Lyons, an alleged 'gangster', £1.4m in public funds over 10 years to run a community centre used by children.

In early 2010, the Labour Party's Steven Purcell, who quit as leader of Glasgow City Council, had his name linked to gangsters, such as the Iceman. (POLITICIANS AND DRUGS; PURCELL AND THE ICEMAN)

Michael Howard, who is close to David Cameron.

Michael Howard is a top UK politician.

He was once the leader of the Conservative Party.

He is Jewish.

The family name Hecht was anglicised to Howard.[1]

1. There are allegations that a criminal was released from prison after paying a bribe to one of Michael Howard's relatives.

"Career criminal John Haase told a Labour MP that he was released from prison early after making the payment via one of Mr Howard's relatives."

Michael Howard, the drugs baron and an extraordinary £400,000 bribery claim (Daily Mail 1 November 2008)

Baybasin

2. The Guardian, 28 March 2006, had an excellent story about heroin.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/drugs/Story/0,,1741038,00.html

Michael Howard was home secretary at the time when the Baybasins came to the UK.

According to the Guardian, members of an international crime gang were allowed to come to Britain because their leader had links to Customs & Excise.

The evidence for this came out at an immigration appeals tribunal.

The Baybasin Cartel, a Kurdish gang, controlled up to 90% of the heroin which entered the UK.

Its bosses settled in the UK in the mid-1990s.

Gang members were involved in protection rackets and extortion in the UK, and were linked to up to 25 murders.

The gang's members were allowed to move from Turkey to London, allegedly after their leader, Huseyin Baybasin, agreed to tell Customs investigators what he knew about the involvement of senior Turkish politicians and officials in the international heroin trade.

Reportedly, Baybasin was encouraged by Customs to come to the UK and arrived via Gibraltar in either late 1994 or early 1995.

aangirfan: HASHIM THACI

He first met Customs officers in a hotel near Tower Bridge, London.

Having come to the UK, the Baybasin Cartel ran their vast drug trafficking operation from London.

They and their relatives persuaded a number of politicians to support their attempts to obtain British travel documents.

Among those who agreed to help was Tony McNulty, a former immigration minister, who wrote a number of letters on behalf of Baybasin's wife after her husband was arrested in the Netherlands.

Baybasin, 49, is now serving a life sentence in a Dutch jail.

His brother, Abdullah, 45, who took the helm after his conviction, has now been convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin.

It was at Abdullah Baybasin's asylum hearings that the alleged deal with Customs & Excise was disclosed.

Abdullah was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK last year.

Several other relatives also remain in the UK.

Michael Howard was home secretary at the time when the Baybasins came to the UK. 3. Why did Howard release two dangerous gangsters?

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,1411777,00.html

Police are investigating Michael Howard's role in a royal pardon for two of Liverpool's most dangerous gangsters, John Haase and Paul Bennett, who were granted a royal pardon in July 1996 on Howard's orders.

The decision came 11 months into 18-year sentences.

The Metropolitan police is about to launch an investigation into the 'circumstances leading up to the granting of a royal pardon for these individuals'.

Was the Home Secretary duped into believing Haase and Bennett had provided vital information about arms caches across Liverpool, arms they had arranged to be planted themselves?

Michael Howard's cousin, Simon Bakerman, is an associate of Haase.

Bakerman was released from prison on the day Howard became leader of the Conservative Party in November 2003.

Bakerman received a three-year sentence in 2002 for running an illegal factory making amphetamine and ketamine pills.

Haase claims that Bakerman received large sums of money from Haase before the pardon was granted, though even his lawyers admit there is no evidence of where this money ended up - if it was paid in the first place.

Where Heroin comes from

The arms caches were a set-up, planted on Haase's instructions from a mobile phone he had smuggled into prison.

Witnesses from within Haase's organisation now claim that bribes totalling £4.5 million were paid by criminals to officials involved with the case.

Haase and his associates have often been held responsible for bringing gun culture to the streets of Liverpool.

One former senior Customs officer said there had been suspicions well before the release of the two men that the arms caches were an elaborate scam.

Haase was rearrested in 1999 and sentenced to 13 years for money-laundering and supplying firearms to fellow gangsters.

He is serving his sentence, but continues to wield a powerful influence from his prison cell, not least through his continuing claims that bribes were paid to help obtain his royal pardon.

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POLITICIANS AND DRUGS; PURCELL AND THE ICEMAN

Labour's Purcell

Gay Roman Catholic Steven Purcell, a key figure in Gordon Brown's Labour party, took cocaine with a dealer he met in The Boundary bar, an alleged gangland pub in Yoker, Glasgow.

(The Scottish National Party is playing the 'Purcell card'.)

The pub is run by Kelly Bryce.

Kelly's brother Jamie makes regular jail visits to crimelord Jamie "The Iceman" Stevenson (Stabbing victim's feud.)

Stevenson has been a suspect in three gangland murders and is regarded as one of the most cunning and ruthless crooks ever to rule Scotland's underworld. (Notorious Scots gangster Jamie 'The Iceman' Stevenson.)

Kelly's family has links to violence and drugs.

In 2009, Kelly's brother Jamie Bryce was part of a 'gang' convicted of an assault at Glasgow's Byblos nightclub.

Jamie Bryce and millionaire boxing tycoon Barry Hughes were convicted of assaulting Christopher Boyle with a metal pole. (Former council chief Steven Purcell's cocaine party with dealers)

Boyle was punched, kicked and stamped on before being hit with a metal pole and stabbed.

Boyle suffered suffered cuts up to 10 inches long to his face and stomach. (Tycoon who attacked man with metal pole avoids jail - Herald ...)

Barry Hughes and Jamie Bryce were told to carry out 150 hours of community service for their part in the attack.

Boyle is a friend of convicted bank robber Ian "Blink" McDonald and killer Tony McGurn, jailed for stabbing a nightclub steward to death in 1991. (Stabbing victim's feud with boxing promoter Barry Hughes - The ...)

Labour is the party of war, poverty and corruption?

Jamie Bryce lives in a penthouse and drives a £100,000 Mercedes. (Former council chief Steven Purcell's cocaine party with dealers)

Jamie Bryce is a regular visitor to Scotland's biggest drug dealer, Jamie "The Iceman" Stevenson, in jail. (Stabbing victim's feud with boxing promoter Barry Hughes - The ...)

Kelly's father, James Bryce, is a convicted major drugs dealer.

In 2009, Assistant Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne and Detective Chief Superintendent Allan Moffat told Purcell that a dealer claimed to have mobile phone footage of Purcell snorting cocaine.

Reportedly, Purcell, "invited two dealers into his flat for a party." (Former council chief Steven Purcell's cocaine party with dealers ...)

Steven Purcell was once thought of as a future leader of the Scottish Labour party.

On 5 March 2010, Purcell fled from Scotland to Australia. This was just hours after his teenage friend, Danus McKinlay, was found dying outside the City Chambers building.

Purcell's ex-wife, Katrina Murray, is the Labour candidate in Dundee East. (General Election 2010: The seats where battle will be lost and won ...)

Labour's John Reid

A number of top Labour party people have links to drugs.

John Reid was UK Home Secretary and UK Defence Secretary.

Cannabis was found at John Reid's home

According to Dean Nelson, editor Scottish edition of the Sunday Times, John Reid "is part of the Lanarkshire West Coast Labour mafia.

"It's not about... making life better for the working class.

"It's about looking after yourself and your mates and not being accountable to anyone." - Dean Nelson, editor Scottish edition of the Sunday Times.

During the 1990s Bosnian War, John Reid became friends with indicted war-criminal Radovan Karadzic. Reid has admitted that he spent three days at a luxury Geneva lakeside hotel as a guest of Karadzic in 1993. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/l)

John Reid's son Mark is married to the daughter of Ronnie Campbell who reportedly has links to crime.

According to the Sunday Mail, 9/4/2005 (Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland): Fugitive and the minister ...):

"GRIM-FACED Defence Secretary John Reid shared centre stage at his son's wedding yesterday - with a villain wanted by police.

"Tony Blair's most trusted minister and fugitive Ronnie Campbell - the father of the bride - stood side by side on the steps of Westminster Cathedral.

"The Sunday Mail can reveal a warrant was issued for the arrest of Campbell, 47, on Monday after a violent incident involving a woman.

"Campbell, who sported a gold cravat and kilt, was the target of a recent gangland hit."

Labour's Jack McConnell

Jack McConnell was Scotland's First Minister and part of Blair's Labour Party.

Jack McConnell's wife, Bridget, is head of the Culture and Leisure Department of Scotland’s biggest local authority.

Reportedly, Jack McConnell's wife's department, and Jack McConnell's party organisation in Glasgow, gave Eddie Lyons, an alleged 'gangster', £1.4m in public funds over 10 years to run a community centre used by children.

Local people asked that Eddie Lyons be sacked as co-ordinator of Chirnsyde Community Initiative in Milton, north Glasgow.

Reportedly the Lyons’s family was involved in a 'war' with another group of alleged 'gangsters'.

At least 11 people have been shot since 2003 as a result of this 'war'.

In December 2006, the community centre was closed when Lyons’s nephew Michael was shot dead and his son Stephen and another man were critically injured.

In 2001 Eddie Lyons, his sons Stephen and Eddie junior, his brother Johnny and a friend called Paul McGuiness were charged with the attempted murder of Thomas McDonnell, who was attacked outside the community centre.

£63,000 was confiscated from Eddie Lyons’s home by police investigating alleged drug dealing.

In 2003, local parents were complaining that the council was forcing them to send their children to after-school fitness classes at Chirnsyde.

Local people 'watched the local hood handed taxpayers money, and official endorsement from Scotland’s first lady'. (Joan McAlpine: This is a nasty stink you cannot just ignore, Jack)


'Drug baron Justin McAlroy was gunned down on his driveway in Glasgow's Cambuslang only six days after wining and dining Labour VIPs Jack McConnell and John Reid at a dinner to raise funds for the party in 2002.' (New evidence casts shadow of doubt over conviction in notorious ...)

The following is taken from: http://www.wsws.org/news/1998/sep1998/scot-s17.shtml

"The Labour Party in Scotland has had an effective majority for decades through its control of the local authorities.

"During this time it has spawned a distinct social layer who control billions of pounds in revenue, awarding building and planning contracts, administering services...

"The Scotsman newspaper ran several articles on Ferguslie Park Community Business Holdings (FCBH), in Paisley.

"This scheme, established in the 1980s in the working class area of Ferguslie Park, was supposedly aimed at building 'community' businesses as a means of tackling unemployment.

"The Scotsman reported that at least part of the FCBH ...had fallen under the control of Paisley's drug gangs and was being used to launder money.

"Glasgow's Lord Provost, Patrick Lally, only recently successfully prevented Labour's attempt to expel him from office following allegations of corruption.

"Also in Glasgow, millionaire Labour MP, Mohammed Sarwar, has been suspended and faces legal action for allegedly attempting to bribe political opponents."

Moira Anderson.

11-year-old Moira Anderson was last seen boarding a bus in Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1957.

She was on her way to the shops to buy a box of chocolates for her mum’s birthday.

According to The Sunday Times (Pressure on police to release paedophile dossier), 23 April 2006, Strathclyde Police have a dossier listing members of a child-abuse ring.

This dossier may identify the people who kidnapped Moira.

The dossier is said to implicate senior public figures, including senior police officers and members of the Crown Office and former Scottish Office.

These public figures are said to have abused children in Strathclyde (the Glasgow area) during the 1950s and 1960s.

The dossier is said to list vehicles and safe houses used in Glasgow, Monklands and Paisley where children were hidden before being taken to sex parties.

Strathclyde police have decided not to release the dossier.

The dossier was written by James Gallogley, a convicted child-abuser who died in Peterhead prison in 1999.

Hotel Fontainebleau, Miami Beach. Photo by Jim Rees.

It was at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami that Mafia leader Momo Salvatore Giancana suggested that a Cuban should murder Castro.

Fontainebleau marketing director Paul Pebley has said that mob ties and CIA intrigue are part of the lively history of the hotel. (CIA Family Jewels)

THE UK LABOUR PARTY'S STEVEN PURCELL has had his name linked to COCAINE GANGSTERS

Steven Purcell, reportedly, spent 31 December 2009, at Miami's five-star Fontainebleau hotel. (The strange and sudden fall of Labour's rising star)

On 14 March 2010, Scotland on Sunday reveals that that an 'arms-length council company' set up by Purcell 'lavished money on six-figure salaries for senior employees and on fundraising for Labour party coffers'. (Inquiry call over 'secrets' of Purcell)

Scotland on Sunday refers to Purcell's relationship with a network of councillors, businessmen and public sector bosses, with connections to the Labour party.

One of Purcell's initiatives is a council body called 'City Building'.

Its wage bill for senior employees doubled in just two years.

Reportedly, some of those who benefited were pals of Purcell.

City Building spent thousands of pounds on hospitality.

When Labour ran the Edinburgh government, the Justice Minister was Labour's Cathy Jamieson.

Cathy Jamieson was Scotland's justice minister, under a former Labour administration.

According to the Scotsman (scotsman.com/5):

"Scotland's justice minister Cathy Jamieson strongly denied helping a relative evade the law.

"While the Labour MSP transferred £100 to the bank account of nephew Derek Hyslop - who was on the run from police at the time - in July 1999, she has stated that she had no idea he was wanted by police.

"Hyslop, a drug addict who had just killed a woman in a robbery in Derby, was later jailed for manslaughter. Jamieson said the money was meant for her nephew’s baby."

Allegedly, the Labour Party in parts of Scotland is linked to gangsterism.

According to annaraccoon.com/ (Gordon Brown, Steven Purcell, & Glasgow Politics.):

"Irene Adams (Labour) MP for Paisley North piped up that her constituency committee had been infiltrated by drug dealers and gangster.

"She went on the record to name drug dealer and enforcer Stewart Boyd as the source of death threats she received whilst campaigning against drug dealing.

"Boyd was killed in an inexplicable car accident on the Marbella coast road, so ferocious that it led police to believe that Semtex had been present in one of the cars.

"The first time that Southerners really registered the goings-on in Glasgow was when Mohammed Sarwar became the first Muslim MP in the UK, standing for Glasgow Govan.

"His election was quickly followed by allegations of vote rigging and bribes...

"He is not standing in the 2010 election, but guess what? – his son Anas has been nominated as the prospective parliamentary candidate.

"That is Anas, not Athif, his other son who has recently been convicted of £850,000 worth of money laundering….

"It was not only the drug mafia and the crime mafia that we were protected from news of but the gay mafia too.

"We were told that the suicide of Gordon McMaster MP was ‘not suspicious’ and may have been because he was suffering from Gulf War Syndrome."

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

PURCELL, Stefan King, James Mortimer, Brian Dempsey, Willie Haughey

Stefan King (www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?storycode=3097718)

A. Who is Stefan King?

And what link might he have to the disappeared gay Glasgow politician Steven Purcell?

Stefan King is an owner of gay pubs and clubs in Glasgow.

He has a Jewish mother.

He is worth at least £30 million. (The man who would be King - The Scotsman)

King set up Club X, a gay venue, on Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square.

He then opened Delmonicas, a gay bar on the edge of Glasgow's Merchant City.

Glasgow's Merchant City was "an area King would make his own, creating a stylish new gay quarter in the heart of town."

When King added Cafe Latte and the Polo lounge to his empire, he "had the gay market sewn up."

In 2005, Steven Purcell, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, announced that Glasgow's former General Post Office building on George Square, owned by Stefan King's G1 group, had been sold to developers. (GPO Building Sold)

Stefan King had originally bought the building for £5 million in 1999. (King profits from sale of GPO.)

He was given "at least £550,000 in refurbishment and training grants for it in 2000."

He made "a large amount of money from selling advertising on it."

He sold it for £12 million.

Steven Purcell said: "I used my influence as Leader to help facilitate negotiations...

"I'm delighted that Stefan King agreed..."

Stefan King of G1 Group, said: "When Councillor Purcell approached us regarding interest shown in the building, it was at a time when we still considered No 1 to be a long term property hold. However he encouraged us to meet with the interested parties..."


James Mortimer (newsoftheworld.co.uk/article22892.ece)

B. Who is James Mortimer and what link might he have to disappeared Glasgow politician Steven Purcell?

James Mortimer is 'a Glasgow nightclub owner who was an admirer of Mr Purcell's'. (friend of Purcell's.)

Mortimer owns night clubs, pubs, a casino and a hotel complex. (Karbon Glasgow)

James Mortimer is the owner of Victoria's, a "legendary hang-out of blonde-quiffed footballers, gangsters and glamour models." (The Scotsman)

C. Who is Brian Dempsey and what link might he have to Steven Purcell?

Brian Dempsey is a property tycoon who reportedly has a tangled love life and a home in the Caymen Islands, to which Steven Purcell may have fled. (Woman No3 in life of Brian Dempsey) (DRUGGIE PURCELL FLEES TO HIS PAL'S VILLA.)

Willie Haughey

D. Who is Willie Haughey?

And what link does Haughey have to the disappeared UK politician Steven Purcell?

Willie Haughey is worth at least £100million (Scotland's rich list News Of The World)

Haughey is alleged to have benefited from his friendship with Steven Purcell.

According to the Sunday Mirror, on 7 March 2010 (DRUGGIE PURCELL FLEES TO HIS PAL'S VILLA.), "Drugs-shame council chief Steven Purcell has fled with his gay partner to a luxury mansion overseas owned by a Scots millionaire...

"It was claimed ... by his aides that he was heading for a villa in Florida owned by wealthy refrigeration magnate Willie Haughey...

"Haughey denied Purcell was staying at his holiday villa.

"Other well-placed sources said Purcell was being cared for by property tycoon Brian Dempsey, 61, at his palatial mansion in the Cayman Islands."

According to The Sunday Times, 14 March 2010 (Scottish Labour in ‘cash for access’ row
/ Donor who spun a web of influence ):

1. Willie Haughey was the Scottish Labour Party's biggest donor, having donated over a million pounds.

Haughey now faces allegations of 'cash for favours' over his links to Steven Purcell, who was leader of Glasgow city council and who has confessed to using cocaine.

Haughey is alleged to have benefited financially from decisions made by Purcell.

Purcell chaired a meeting which agreed to give Haughey nearly £1m of public money.

Sources at Glasgow council said Purcell recruited or promoted council planners who were known to be associates of Haughey.

2. Reportedly, on 5 March 2010, in a car park in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, Willie Haughey met two men, in order to decide the fate of Steven Purcell, who was sitting in a car in the same car park.

Reportedly, the result was that Purcell resigned as leader of Glasgow city council, and left the country.

Rumour has it that Purcell headed to Haughey's home in Florida, or to Dubai, Australia, Ireland or the Cayman Islands.

3. Haughey's £100m fortune is partly the result of deals done with Glasgow city council and other such public sector bodies.

4. UK prime minister Gordon Brown opened the new headquarters of Haughey's company in 2009.

5. Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, chaired by Haughey, helped one of Haughey's own company.

The payout resulted from a motorway extension.

Haughey's company HQ was in the path of the motorway.

Reportedly, the cost of the HQ was £1.3m.

The compensation offered for the loss of land and relocation costs was initially £7.4m.

It was raised to £13.3m after Haughey reportedly approached Labour politician Jack McConnell, then first minister.

Reportedly, Haughey then sought extra money for his new HQ.

Haughey then received £970,000 from Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

Purcell chaired the meeting, in 2004, which approved the payout.

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STEVEN PURCELL; THE MAFIA

SERYKH TREATED WORSE THAN GOUZENKO

Get a hold of yourself, Glasgow.

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WHAT LINKS BUSH, BLAIR, SUHARTO AND MOBUTU?

One of Tony Blair's homes.

What links George W Bush, Tony Blair, Indonesia's Suharto and Zaire's Mobuto?

They have all been described as very rich.

The Bush family wealth has come partly from wars and arms deals. (Bush Family Values: War, Wealth, Oil /How The Bush Family Made Its Fortune From The Nazis. )

In 1999, Time Magazine reported that the Suharto family had acquired $73 billion of cash and assets over a 30 year period.

The Suhartos owned a mansion in Los Angeles, a ranch in New Zealand, a golf course in England, most of the top hotels in Bali, and much more. (Suharto's Businesses / Hotels in Bali / TIMEasia.com 05/24/99

Mobutu owned luxurious properties in France, Switzerland, Belgium and several other countries.

A Bush family home : Kennebunkport - Portland, United States ...


On 30 March 2010, The Daily Mail tells us that a web of companies hides Tony Blair's millions and that there is a riddle over Blair's investments in foreign countries.

Blair is believed to have channelled tens of millions of pounds through a complex web of companies.

One of Blair's companies has been licensed to operate in low-tax regimes abroad.

Firerush Ventures, controlled by Blair, has been granted licences to operate in countries with very low tax regimes.

Blair has links to a number of very rich people.

en:Laxmi Niwas Palace

In 2002, Tony Blair reportedly helped Lakshmi Mittal, now britain's richest man, to buy Romania's steel giant, Sidex, in a multi-million pound deal.

Blair's letter to his Romanian counterpart in connection with the deal was 'crucial'. (The Hindu : Timing of Blair's `Mittal' letter questioned)

Blair has made deals with the Kuwaiti royal family.

In March 2010 we learnt that Blair had carried out secret deals worth up to £20million with a South Korean oil firm with big interests in Iraq.

Kyu-Sun Choi, the chief executive of the South Korean oil firm UI Energy Corporation, has reportedly served a two-year prison sentence for bribery. (Boss of Korean firm that gave Tony Blair secret cash was jailed ...

After his release from jail Choi was accused of involvement in an alleged attempt to buy his company a place in an oil exploration consortium in Iraq.

Blair managed to keep his deal with UI Energy Corporation secret for nearly two years.


Blair has been entertained by Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is said to have links with the Mafia. (aangirfan: BLAIR; BERLUSCONI; MAFIA; CIA)

Berlusconi was accused of paying a $600,000 bribe to his British former tax accountant, David Mills, the husband of Tessa Jowell, the UK cabinet minister and friend of Blair.

On 17 February 2009, UK government minister Tessa Jowell's husband David Mills was sentenced to four and a half years jail in Italy for corruption.

Mills was also fined €250,000 by a court in Milan for taking a bribe from Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to give false evidence in two corruption trials.

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.

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. (aangirfan: BLAIR; BERLUSCONI; MAFIA; CIA )

Blair has had a consultancy with a US investment bank, JP Morgan, since January 2008, earning him £2million a year.

Blair has a tendency to travel by private jet and sometimes with a VIP motorcade.

Mobutu befriended several U.S. presidents, including Nixon, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.