On 15 November 2016, Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein was arrested when he arrived at Tocumen International Airport in Panama. Monte Friesner, a Canadian who lives in Panama, filed a complaint about what Ornstein had written on his website about Friesner’s business practices. In Panama, defamation is a criminal offence.
On Tuesday, 3 April 2012, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme about a company called EcoPlanet Bamboo. The company was establishing a bamboo plantation in Rama, Nicaragua, part-funded by “the world’s first bamboo bond”.
A company called Oakmount Management Partners Ltd is offering people who have been scammed into buying carbon credits as investments an exit strategy. Of course there’s an advance fee involved. And of course it’s a scam.
This is the first in a series of posts looking at the activities of Emerald Knight, yet another London-based scam company. From London the story takes us to Panama, Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, Cambodia, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and quite possibly a few more countries along the way.
A recent article by Angeli Mehta on the website Ethical Corporation reports on a “young company” called EcoPlanet Bamboo. Mehta writes that “EcoPlanet Bamboo is creating permanent jobs for communities.”