As the President of the Liberal Party it has not been my practice to
issue press statements or give TV interviews. However, earlier this
week, a witness made allegations about me personally. Testifying before
a House of Commons committee, this witness made certain statements
(repeated by government MPs) for which he enjoyed the privilege of
My law firm and I felt we had no alternative but to respond publicly.
The press statement below and the TV interview at this link (http://video.aol.ca/video-detail/alfred-apps-interview/3474087475) are self-explanatory.
Please feel free to forward as you deem appropriate.
President, Liberal Party of Canada
TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ – Fasken Martineau, a leading international
business law and litigation firm, made the following statement
concerning comments made today before a House of Commons Committee.
In November 2006, Mr. Nazim Gillani of International Strategic
Investments approached Fasken Martineau through one of its partners,
Alfred Apps, in connection with legal advice/services for International
Mr. Apps met with Mr. Gillani, received documents from Mr. Gillani and
accepted a retainer cheque from Mr. Gillani. Mr. Apps previously had no
knowledge of, or acquaintance with, Mr. Gillani.
Very shortly thereafter, Fasken Martineau declined to act on behalf of
International Strategic Investments. Mr. Apps so advised Mr. Gillani
and returned the retainer to Mr. Gillani. Fasken Martineau has had no
professional dealings with Mr. Gillani or International Strategic
Investments in the intervening period.
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