[Marxism] Olaechea case: British Company Director issues letter of protest at behaviour of Spain's judiciary

Louis Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Thu Apr 22 08:03:36 MDT 2004


>From: Monica Velazco
>To: Hariette Spierings
>Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 12:02 AM
>Subject: Olaechea case: British Company Director issues letter of protest at
>behaviour of Spain's judiciary
>
>
>JUSTICE INTERNATIONAL PRESS NOTICE:
>
>IMPORTANT BRITISH STRATEGIC RESEARCH COMPANY ISSUES PROTEST TO SPAIN
>REGARDING THE BEHAVIOUR OF ITS JUDICIARY IN THE OLAECHEA CASE.  FILE WITH
>ORIGINAL LETTER ATTACHED. STRATAGEM INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH LTD, THE BRITISH
>STRATEGIC RESEARCH FIRM ADOLFO OLAECHEA WAS WORKING FOR WHEN ARRESTED LAST
>JULY IN SPAIN, IS A COMPANY SPECIALISING IN ADVISING THE PROJECTS AND
>INVESTMENTS OF BLUE CHIP INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN ALL COUNTRIES,
>INCLUDING BOTH SPAIN AND PERU.
>
>BELOW, TEXT OF THE LETTER OF MR. THOMAS RICE-JONES, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF
>STRATAGEM RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL LTD:
>
>
>20th April 2004
>
>
>To Whom It May Concern
>
>At the time of his arrest in Almeria in July 2003, Adolfo Olaechea was
>working for Stratagem International Research Ltd, of which I am Managing
>Director, on a freelance basis conducting face-to-face interviews in Spain.
>His work formed a vital and time-critical component of a major multi-country
>study being undertaken by us on behalf of a leading Japanese vehicle
>manufacturer. Mr Olaechea's arrest was on fabricated charges that lacked any
>evidence and his subsequent extradition by Spain was in blatant
>contravention of a directive by the European Court of Human Rights. Among
>Stratagem's client base of major multi-national corporations this alarming
>behaviour by Spain's judiciary has cast the country and its then government
>in a duplicitous and cynical light that is entirely at odds with the more
>routinely presented image of Spain as a progressive and modern European
>state. Since 2003, negative client sentiment towards Spain (for its
>perceived injustice and apparent collusion with a suspect regime) has
>occasioned a tangible drop in the level of project work being commissioned
>there.
>
>The recent shocking decision by Spain to grant an extension of Mr.
>Olaechea's extradition undeniably represents a further unacceptable breach
>of human rights and of international law. I would therefore now invite the
>Spanish government to review Mr. Olaechea's case as a matter of the greatest
>urgency with a view to reverting to judicial procedures that respect the
>articles of extradition law and that acknowledge the total lack of evidence
>that has been offered by Peru throughout this entire prolonged case.
>
>Mr. Olaechea is highly valued by Stratagem and our clients for his
>professionalism and the quality of his work, having been contracted by us
>several times prior to this latest job on projects for other blue-chip
>companies. We all sincerely hope that Spain will now see a way of
>accelerating a fair outcome so that Mr Olaechea can return to his wife & 
>home.
>
>Yours faithfully,
>
>Thomas Rice-Jones
>Managing Director






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