"Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs, from my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy."
Anne Frank, 1944
Yesterday, your reporter went to the court to be notified of a verdict in the criminal defamation case brought by Patrick Visser, Maurice Sjerps and Keren Visser-Katz, who run an enterprise first called Silva Tree, now called Sustainable Capital Group. Here's a factsheet about them. You can download the verdict here. Because it convicts me for criminal defamation, I obviously appealed.
An amendment to the verdict was made as well. Their lawyer asked for the name of Maurice Sjerps to be included (they forgot to mention the recently arrested con man as one of the complainants) and he asked to get an order for Google to remove all of the Bananama Republic search results about them from their index. That latter request was not granted by the court, obviously, because a Panamanian court can't order a US search engine to remove anything, gracias a Dios.
In case you wondered: I am not worried about this case at all. First because I am just not impressed by anything coming from a court that can't even manage to spell my name right, can't get my address right and can't get my passport number right and then forgets to name one of the supposed victims.
Second, the cyber-campaigning and requests to order search results off the web only prove that while the legal case could drag on for years on various appeals, Patrick Visser and his accomplices have already lost. They've had to drop the Silva Tree brand after their bogus claims were exposed, and under the new Sustainable Capital Group flag, things still aren't working. Nobody wants to invest with a bunch of rogues and idiots, one of which was arrested in Costa Rica on forestry fraud charges. So while I continue to write, their scheme is pretty much over with no opportunity for appeal at all. Enjoy your court "victory"!
That it is indeed Patrick Visser, his wife and business partner Keren Katz and Maurice Sjerps who are behind repeated attempts to have your Bananama Republic removed from cyberspace is again confirmed by a recent post by Visser on his own blog. He writes:
"We have taken the moral and legal route which includes nothing more than taking this man to court for his criminal actions against us, and requesting the appropriate organisations (search engines, hosting companies) to remove what has been ruled to be defamatory content and a criminal act."
In reality, the requests that were made to Google were not at all based on any court rulings, simply because there were no court rulings available before this one. It's typical for Patrick Visser to lie and then call that "taking the moral route".
So, let's dive a little deeper into the morals of Dutchman Patrick Visser. On his blog, rejoicing about me having been convicted to 18 months in jail, he writes:
"I hope that somewhere deep inside, Okke Ornstein must know that he is in the wrong and he has to pay for what he has done."
A Dutchman - the Netherlands being one of the most liberal countries in the world where free speech is a sacred thing - who wishes a journalist to be jailed in Panama is quite remarkable, to say the least. In fact, it is the kind of jackboot Nazi mentality that leaves those who know a bit about Dutch history with a very nasty taste in their mouths.
You know, dear reader, when Nazism swept Europe, most countries had their own Nazi party. In Holland this was the "National Socialist Movement", known by its Dutch acronym NSB. It was dismantled after the war and its leaders jailed, because they were the ones collaborating with the occupying Germans, ratting out Jews who were in hiding, killing and jailing opponents and driving the legitimate press underground or sending journalists to the camps when they could find them.
Even now, almost 60 years later, "wrong" or "right" during WW2 is a kind of a benchmark to judge morals and ethics in the Netherlands. The kind of person who snitches, who tries to suppress free speech or a free press, who betrays the values of freedom, is commonly called an "NSBer", as in, a member of the NSB.
This is the kind of person Patrick Visser reveals himself to be on his blog; an NSBer.
He would be the guy who gets permission from the German occupiers to cut down Anne Frank's tree, call it "sustainable logging", and then have Anne sent to the camps should she have the audacity to denounce it in her diary. He would then say that he had "taken the moral route".
In this light, it really tells you all you need to know about who Patrick Visser really is that he approvingly mentions how a German jackboot web host, servage.net, took down our website based on a Panamanian court document that said nothing at all about taking down websites and that doesn't have any legal value whatsoever outside Panama.
It is exactly the kind of Nazi ethics that Patrick Visser adheres to that eventually led to the formation of the country where his wife and business partner is from, and where he has been residing for years. That he is not hiding in some annex in shame is only more testimony to his complete lack of decency.
Finally, on his blog, he writes:
"I will delete this blog and all the links from the search results as soon as my name is cleared. This blog was not started because I wanted to harm Okke Ornstein, but because I was forced to defend the truth and my name."
Apparently, he thinks that with his blog he has some kind of leverage over me.
To address that idea, I'll have to fill you in on another bit of Dutchness, dear reader, and that is the way we use profane language in Holland. Because in the Netherlands, we use diseases as swear words. There is a rich variety of slang terms for a plethora of ailments, none of them pleasant, which the Dutch can refer to when describing persons, things or situations in an adverse way. An extensive list with explanations in English can be found here.
So, my answer to Patrick Visser, literally translated from Dutch, would go something like, "you tuberculosis-sufferer, dirty NSBer, pleuritisize away with your cancer-blog and get the typhus". Now try to pronounce it in Dutch: "Jij teringlijer, vuile NSBer, pleur op met je kankerblog en krijg de tiefus"!