Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Message From the Desk of the President of the Liberal Party

From: Alfred Apps
To: xxxxxxx xxxxxx
Subject: Statement from LPC President / Remarques du président du PLC
Sent: May 14, 2010 3:30 PM

Le Français suit
Dear xxxxxxx --
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 Parliamentary immunity.
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 ( are self-explanatory.
Please feel free to forward as you deem appropriate.
Best regards,
Alfred Apps 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 Strategic Investments.
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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