It's been revealed a New Zealand financial services company chaired by Jim Anderton's deputy Matt Robson tried and failed to get a lightning ex parte injunction Download Copy to prevent last Friday night's TGIF Edition from going out.
Documents filed in the court attempt, and served on Investigate magazine editor Ian Wishart last night, disclose WSD Global Markets Limited was knocked back in its attempt Friday, by the High Court's Justice Harrison, who ordered WSD to formally notify Investigate and TGIF of the gagging attempt.
However, the matter has been set down for another hearing tomorrow in a bid to prevent TGIF Edition from running part two of its investigation into Wall Street Banking Corporation and its NZ affiliate WSD Global Markets Ltd, which is chaired by Robson.
The court documents disclose Robson played a key role in trying to gag the newspaper.
In his own confusing affidavit , Robson admits that New Zealand's Serious Fraud Office compelled his company to front up with documents held in its Auckland office that were relevant to an investigation of sister company WSBC, yet Robson inexplicably then denies knowing of any criminal investigation into the transactions involving WSBC.
Robson, a former lawyer, appears to be unaware that the Serious Fraud Office investigates possible financial crimes. The details of the Serious Fraud Office notice, which Robson kindly annexed to his affidavit, reveal they concern exactly the same transactions detailed in the latest TGIF Edition, specifically a 2007 money laundering ring busted by the CIA, MI6, and the intelligence agencies of UAE and India.
Significantly, WSD admits holding records in Auckland in relation to a Kumar Trading Company, whilst a Times of India report associates Kumar Trading with "confessed" al Qa'ida money launderer Naresh Chandra Jain.
Robson's affidavit also appears to conflict in places with that of a WSBC Cook Islands executive, adduced in the same injunction attempt against TGIF.
The court proceedings tomorrow are a bizarre case of deja vu for Investigate editor Ian Wishart, who famously won a massive legal battle against Cook Islands tax haven bank European Pacific in 1994, allowing a TVNZ documentary on the winebox deals to go ahead.
Legal experts spoken to by TGIF give Matt Robson's gagging attempt "no chance" of success this time around, either.