Estonian MP Igor Gräzin, a member of the Estonian Reform Party, issued an affidavit on 3 February stating: “I have never signed any papers asking for a recognition of Libertas as a political party in the EU and all corresponding claims are utterly untrue.”
Today Ganley rages at the Liberal group in the EU parliament and again seems to be claiming that everyone is conspiring against him.. Ganleys's security officer Kevin O'Connell was on hand to confirm that dark hands were at work in getting Igor Gräzin to change his mind. However Igor Gräzin says he never signed their EU parliamnatary
application. The photos do not show that document either so the proof offered is strange.It raises further questions about how Libertas operate and what security measures they are using!!!!
People Korps would like to know how did Libertas get photocopies of Mr Gräzin's passport.
How did Libertas obtain copies of Mr Gräzin' Estonian parliamentary id as shown?
The link to the Libertas Flicker page reveals three photos shot at an angle one blurred at the end. Mr Gräzin's hotmail email address and street address are also in view.
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Here is what Libertas had to say:
Libertas is today publishing photos showing the documents signed by Igor Grazin supporting the application of Libertas for EU Parliamentary recognition. The photos, attached with this release, clearly show photocopies of Mr. Grazin's Estonian Parliamentary Members pass, his Passport, and documents with his signature attached.
Libertas is releasing these photos to end the disgraceful allegations that the organisation somehow acted improperly with respect to Mr.Grazin.
Libertas is also issuing statements (below) this morning by Mr. Ganley, Libertas Chef de Cabinet Robin Matthews, and Former Europol deputy head Kevin O'Connell.
These documents prove that any suggestion that Libertas cheated, or misled the parliament is an absolute Lie. As a consequence, Libertas fully expects the Parliament to withdraw its partisan investigation.
STATEMENT BY ROBIN MATTHEWS:
"During October 2008, Igor Grazin signed the required papers to support Libertas's application to the European Parliament for EU-wide political status. He supplied Libertas with an original copy of his signature, and a copy of his passport.
Yesterday, Mr. Grazin is reported to have issued an affidavit, which neither Libertas nor I have seen, declaring that these events never took place. Mr. Grazin has subsequently refused to comment.
I can only speculate as to the kind of pressure exerted on Mr. Grazin to make the declaration that he has apparently made. I know him to be an honourable man who shares Libertas's vision of a democratic, transparent, and totally accountable European Union."
STATEMENT BY DECLAN GANLEY
"The Liberal group in the Parliament have apparently, over the past 48 hours, engaged in the most reprehensible bullying and dishonesty.
They appear to have misled in order to embarrass and discredit an honourable man, and in order to subvert the very processes that are in place to protect the people of Europe and their democratic representatives.
Because they have by all accounts engaged in this behaviour, Libertas has no option but to publish photos of Mr. Grazin's signature, and a photocopy of his passport.
We have engaged with this process in good faith. It is beyond disgusting that there are elements in the European Parliament, elected to serve the people of Europe, who seem more interested in using filthy and underhanded political smears to damage those who question them than they are in furthering democracy.
It is particularly telling that Graham Watson MEP, leader of the Liberals, would welcome Libertas with one hand, and yet people in his grouping apparently try to destroy the good name of one of our signatories with the other. Mr. Watson and his acolyte, Mr. Duff, should resign their positions immediately following this smear.
Libertas will respond to this by taking out adverts in the constituencies of Mr. Watson and Mr. Duff, letting the people who elected them know the manner in which they do business.
Because of this incident, a good public servant's name has been dragged through the mud, and his career damaged. In all my years in the business world, I have never seen something so disgusting".
STATEMENT BY KEVIN O'CONNELL
"For an individual to come under the amount of pressure apparently exerted on Mr. Grazin over the 72 hours or so since his name became public is deeply troubling. Mr. Grazin took his decision in good faith, and has now been subjected to a witch hunt by the Liberal leader and his acolytes. The destruction of this good man's name by a partisan grouping within the EU parliament does not bear the hallmark of a civilized democracy.
Rather, these are the tactics of a manipulative, possibly corrupt, enterprise. In my many years of public service to the people of Europe, I have never been more convinced of the need for a total change of leadership within the European Union".
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