Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The FIDE Secretariat Works like Criminals for Kirsan's Campaign

One of the obvious tactics being employed by the Kirsan with "Makro & Friends", is to create the perception that they have an overwhelming majority and that the election is as good as won, yet their continuing dirty moves increasingly show how frightened and desperate they are.

Kirsan, through padded nominations is trying in influence those undecided and even with Team Kasparov that they should not be on the losing side and this is followed with threats and other intimidations reminding everyone how vindictive he can be post election should he win!

So far we have avoided a public expose, preferring instead to remind Kirsan and his FIDE to behave, and to focus our campaign in telling what we can do and doing it rather than make the empty promises we have been hearing for 19 years.


It is very unfortunate that the FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman and his staff in the FIDE Athens and FIDE Moscow Offices do not even bother to pretend neutrality and in fact have been knowing and willingly working with Kirsan with "Makro & Friends" to act in ways that raise serious ethical, if not criminal questions.

Even we are shocked that FIDE would go so far as to attempt to erase the records of an existing legitimate Federation and replace it with one they have created and then ignore the protests of the relevant authorities!   

The following emails and letters with supporting documents to FIDE from our legal counsel clearly state the facts and conclusively demonstrate bias on the part of the Executive Director and call into question his very integrity.



ON GABON
From: Santens, Ank
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2014 9:32 AM
To: 'GK gmail'; FIDE-office; NIGEL FREEMAN
Cc: akanga2001@yahoo.frndongbengono@gmail.com
Subject: RE: Gabon
Importance: High


I write in my capacity as legal adviser to Garry Kasparov and his ticket.  I write further to Garry’s email of last night regarding Gabon.  I have meanwhile received the attached email which you sent to Ignatius Leong  (Attachment A).

The positions in that email are wrong.

First, your statement that “[h]aving checked the Statutes regarding ADEG’s potential admission as a member as a replacement for AGE” is ironical indeed.  ADEG was at all times the valid association until you replaced it by AGE on the FIDE website without any prior notice and without any valid basis after Gabon supported the Kasparov ticket for the 2014 FIDE Presidential Elections.  See for instance attached a print-out of the FIDE Directory of 3 September 2013 listing ADEG as the valid representative of Gabon and Mr. Bongo Akanga NDJILA BARTHELEMY as its President (Attachment B).  You should instead have “checked the Statutes regarding AGE’s potential admission as a member as a replacement for AGED” before you replaced AGED by AGE.  Clearly you did not do that and you are now turning matters on their head.

Second, Gabon has already been admitted as a member of FIDE, so Article 2.2 of the FIDE Statutes does not apply.  The only decision to be made now is who is the valid representative of the Gabon chess federation for purposes of voting in the 2014 FIDE elections.  If in doubt, that decision must be made by the Electoral Commission, not the General Assembly.  See Article 3.5 of the provisions on the ELE in Chapter 8 of the Statutes: “The Commission shall verify who is entitled to vote at FIDE’s quadrennial Presidential elections in accordance with the Electoral Regulations.”

Third, there can be no such doubt here, as all relevant documents at all times point to AGED and its representatives as the valid representatives of the Gabon chess federation.  You place importance on the letter you wrote to Dr. Assele but you already have a letter from Dr. Assele firmly attesting to the validity of AGED and the lack of validity of AGE.  Unless you receive proof to the contrary, that letter controls.

Regards,




ON AFGHANISTAN 
From: Santens, Ank
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2014 1:05 PM
To: 'NIGEL FREEMAN'

Cc: 'mahmod.hanif@gmail.com'; Garry Kasparov (kasparov.garry@gmail.com)
Subject: RE: Afganistan - Urgent!

Dear Nigel,

This is not a response.  You as the Executive Director of FIDE and the FIDE Secretariat decided to make these changes.   You removed the person who has been listed as the President and Delegate for years without any notice or explanation.  You owe an explanation to Mr. Hanif and the Afghanistan Chess Federation.  Mr. Hanif has no idea whatsoeveras to why these changes were made.  You are not giving Mr. Hanif and the Afghanistan Chess Federation any due process.  You are the Executive Director of FIDE.  You are bringing shame to the office by acting the way you are.

Best regards,

Ank 


From: NIGEL FREEMAN [mailto:nigelfreeman@fide.com]
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2014 12:17 PM
To: Santens, Ank

Subject: RE: Afganistan - Urgent!

Dear Ank

We will forward this to the Electoral Commission.

Best regards

Nigel




From: Santens, Ank [mailto:asantens@whitecase.com]
Sent: 16 June 2014 16:46
To: 'FIDE-office'; 'NIGEL FREEMAN'
Subject: RE: Afganistan - Urgent!
Importance: High

Dear Nigel,

I attach Afghanistan’s letter nominating the Kasparov ticket, signed by Mr. Hanif.  There can be no doubt that this is the reason for the recent inexplicable (and unexplained) changes on the FIDE website directory for Afghanistan.  The recent events regarding Gabon and Afghanistan put beyond any possible doubt that the FIDE Secretariat and you are biased and do not act with fairness, impartiality and transparency that is required of a sports governing body and its Executive Director.  We reserve all our rights.  

Regards,

Ank


From: Santens, Ank [mailto:asantens@whitecase.com]
Sent: 16 June 2014 16:46

To: FIDE-office; NIGEL FREEMAN
Cc: mahmod.hanif@gmail.com; Garry Kasparov (kasparov.garry@gmail.com)
Subject: Afganistan - Urgent!
Importance: High

Dear Nigel,

We are informed that sometime in the last few days (between 9 June 2014 and 16 June 2014) the information for Afghanistan on the FIDE website has been changed: Mr. Mahmood Hanif, President & Delegate of the Afghan National Chess Federation (copied in this email), has been removed and replaced with “a “Mr. Haji Mohammad ALMAS ZAHID” as “President” and a “Mr. Zaheeruddeen Asefi” as “Delegate.”

Mr. Hanif has been the President & Delegate for Afghanistan for years.  Copies of the listing for Afghanistan on the FIDE website (attached) show that Mr. Hanif was listed the President & Delegate for Afghanistan as late as 3 September 2013 and 9 June 2014.  Now that Afghanistan and Mr. Hanif have nominated the Kasparov ticket (http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7982-nomination-for-presidential-tickets.html), this information has been changed.  We understand that Mr. Hanif did not receive any notice from FIDE or explanation as to why his information has been removed  so suddenly.
This is unacceptable.  The information on the FIDE website must be restored to its prior status and Mr. Hanif must be listed as the delegate for Afghanistan on the list of delegates to be published and sent by FIDE by 5 PM Athens time this evening.  If not, we will bring all necessary complaints and publicize this unacceptable behavior.

Regards,

Ank



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