THEY haven't figured it out yet, but Monte Friesner, Patrick Visser, Maurice Sjerps, Keren Visser-Katz and whatever other crooks and shysters may have filed criminal complaints against yours truly for "crimes against the honor", have already lost their cases.
"But wait!" you say, "aren't these cases still pending in the fine kangaroo courts of our beloved republic?" Well, yes, but that doesn't matter any more. Here's why.
First of all, the 15th Juzgado continues to postpone the trial against your reporter for his supposed crimes against the "honor" of serial fraudster Monte Friesner. Why? Because they ruled that this journalist has a right to an interpreter in his native language, and then they fail to hire such an interpreter over and over again. So they keep postponing the case until it will eventually be dismissed for failure to bring it to trial.
But that's not all. The other two cases, in both of which appeals are pending (as far as we know), are doomed too. That's because Martinelli lost the elections and Varela won. And what is Varela going to do? He is going to decriminalize libel and slander. No more "crimes against the honor". And that will then instantly kill all pending cases.
Of course this may take a couple of years for Varela to pull off, but who cares? It's easy enough to have these cases drag on through the local and international courts for another five years or more.
Of course the crooks know this. Patrick Visser has been very quiet lately and his website, where he would occasionally vent about how slow the Panamanian legal system is, appears to be down.
Monte Friesner and his hired help Kenneth Rijock continue to be active, making up all kinds of wacky stories about your truly. The latest was that your author had somehow ruled on his own appeal for clemency, and denied himself that instrument so it's off to jail with him (I'm actually sitting about 10 yards from my pool while writing this, drinking fresh mango juice, so no worries):
The defendant, as expected, ruled that he did not qualify for Clemency, due to the fact that he had several unspent criminal convictions; in truth and in fact, he has a carload of convictions, as well as a five million dollar judgment on record.
Fascinating, huh? Luckily, Rijock's gig as Friesner's sleazemeister is not working out so well for the former. It caused him to get kicked out of a lucrative consultancy deal with Canada based Arton Capital, and we keep getting emails thanking us for exposing the slimeball from people who decided to avoid the Miami based narco launderer:
I am a random guy that invested in a land deal down there [in Panama - editor]. It ended up being a bit of a scam. I wanted to pursue it legally. I was looking for an attorney. I ran across a a video of kenneth. (...) I sent him a message. He said he could help. My friends looked up his name and we saw your blogs... that raised some concern for us... (...) i guess I was trying to vet him out before sending money.. (...) and we decided to look elsewhere (...)
We get many more along similar lines. Rijock must be rewarded handsomely by Friesner for his smear campaigns for him to be able to afford losing so much business. One wonders with what money?