Greek Shipowner Restis Sues UANI



restisphotowebGreek shipping company owner Victor Restis said he will take legal action against the American non-governmental organization (NGO) United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) which he said has slandered him.

UANI claims its organization “seeks to prevent Iran from fulfilling its ambition to obtain nuclear weapons.”

In the case of Restis, the newspaper New Europe described him as “a successful ship-owner, one of these brilliant Greek minds who inherited from his father a medium shipping company, and with a series of intelligent decisions, turned it into a sound multi-billion dollar business ranging, besides his shipping empire, to banking, telecoms, energy and real estate.”

He differs from other ship-owners because, for example, he invested significant amounts to minimize carbon dioxide emissions of his vessels so, if ever the European Commission extends ETS to shipping, he will be one of the winners. UANI has accused him of violating the embargo on Iran and of acting as a “front” of the Iranian government.

The claims of UANI are based on two “documents.” According to New Europe, the first document is a letter from Dimitris Cambis, a representative of Iranian interests in Greece, where he supposedly proposed to Restis a meeting with certain Iranian personalities who, according to Schengen records, never visited Greece. Cambis stated that he never wrote such a letter and the letter is false.

The second “document” is some typewritten pages, without letterhead or signatures, which are supposedly part of a mediation contract between one of the companies of the Restis Groups and Iran.

Lawyers for estis have filed charges against UANI and the CEO of the organization, Mark Wallace in U.S. courts, in Greece and another seven countries where the Restis group has vital financial interests, the newspaper said.

On July 3, lawyer Kerrie L. Campbell, representing Restis sent a 17-page Cease and Desist letter to Wallace demanding he stop making accusations against Restis. So far, there has reportedly been no response.


10 COMMENTS

  1. Americans care about “human rights’ and Nato when their own necks our on the line. When its the necks of Greeks they are framing Skopians as “Macedonians” and dishonorable pretend not to know their own country said no such ethnic group exists.

    UANI is another example of an American “NGO” at work. Its a “non-governmental organization” only if you’re a clueless leftist that uncritically parrots the words of foreign nationalist propagandists.

    ………………..

    The CEO of the organization is Mark Wallace, who previously served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, representative for UN Management and Reform.[2] Ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Dennis Ross were the original co-founders and co-chairman of the organization before being appointed to positions in the Obama administration.[3] David Ibsen is the Executive Director.

    In May 2012, UANI formed a transatlantic partnership to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London-based think tank.[4] August Hanning, former president of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) of Germany, is senior advisor to the initiative.[5]

    Advisory board

    UANI is also led by an advisory board that among others, includes:[3]

    R. James Woolsey – Former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (1993–1995)

    Meir Dagan – Former director of the Mossad (2002-2011)

    Fouad Ajami
    – Professor and Director of Middle East Studies at The Johns Hopkins
    University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

    Walter Russell Mead – Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations

    Irwin Cotler – Canadian Member of Parliament that formerly served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General; prominent human rights lawyer

    Henry Sokolski – Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

    Gary Milhollin – Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control

    Frances Townsend – Former Homeland Security Advisor to United States President George W. Bush

    Graham Allison – American political scientist and professor at Harvard University

    Olli Heinonen – Former Deputy Director General of the IAEA
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Against_Nuclear_Iran

  2. Wow, Alex–looks like you hit “Troll” central!

    I’d just be happy if this shipping wonderkind would suggest a flat tax for Greek shipping companies to pay during our hour of need. Come on guys. . . NO INCOME TAX for shipping firms? But that would be billions back in our budget, even iat a small percent–but NO PERCENT? Come on shipping guys. . . your people are going down with the ship SOS!

  3. ND & PASOK are corrupt. They support big fat shipowners and banksters.

    When SYRIZA comes in, they will bring social justice to them. Tsipras will nationalize the banks and all the greedy thieves. Tsipras will create ONE MILLION new government jobs to investigate and watch the GREEDY corporations. Tsipras is the saviour and future of Greece and the WORLD.

  4. Iran has the right to have nuclear weapons so does Turkey.

    SYRIZA will show them the way by reducing the armed forces and getting rid of all foreign military basis. Tsipras will then bring world piece by supporting their neigbours nuclear peace plans.

  5. You are the definition of troll. Most of your comments involve attacks at me.

    To make matters worse , you don’t even explain to any posters here whom you support?. Even worldarts below admits to supporting treasonous communist Syriza. All you seem to do here is whine against our current government and me (much like the handleswapping Skopians that troll this webite I would add)

  6. “. . . Most of your comments involve attacks at me. . . “There go your paranoid tendencies again, Alex. I am not attacking you, and certainly not specifically–relax, bro. You’re right about one thing– I do rant about the status quo here and don’t particularly support any of their mafia party bosses–Samaras, Venizelos, Tsipras. I see my comments more about waking people up that they (we) can do better and break out a new box of politicians with new ideas. The American people became so sick of Bush after 8 years, they brought in a total unknown black senator to mix things up–his popularity and track record was confirmed by a second election. Why can’t Greece bring in anything in but two corrupt dynasties for the past 40 years?

    And by the way, Alex you managed to get your ‘trigger-point’ words all in one sentence:”. . . “much like the handleswapping Skopians that troll this webite. . .” Now there’s the Alex we all know and love. 🙂 Relax, Alex. Get out of the sun and have a beer–on me.

  7. Right. I am paranoid. Whatever you say moron.

    7 people modding up Skopian. “Aleksandar Makedonski” in article completely unrealed to Skopian issue only a few days ago and alleged “greek” handles constantly showing up out of nowhere to condemn me. (as you do)

    https://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/07/13/troika-wants-greece-to-cut-priests-pay/

    And obvious Skopian false flag “Kosta” framing FYROM as “Macedonia”… and you and “Greek” patriot Worldarts nowhere to be found.

    https://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/07/15/greeks-squeezed-for-7b-euros-in-taxes/

    Indeed Alexander is a Macedonian name… therefore Greek.

  8. You don’t care about Greece. You just want the current parties out of power… much the Skopians that troll this website under a large number of handles do.

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