$4 mln for Turkmenbashi

by Nathan Hamm on 8/5/2005 · 4 comments

I am highly skeptical of Ferghana.Ru’s story on a mercenary proposal to assassinate Turkmenbashi on behalf of the Turkmenistan Liberation Organization, a group about which I’ve never heard a thing. Ferghana.Ru claims it “has come across” the proposal prepared by Northbridge Services Group.

From the proposal:

On January 5, 2005, the TLO issued an indictment and warrant for the arrest and capital punishment of President of Turkmenistan for his crimes against humanity. The document was approved before February 2005. Such a step was taken on the grounds of human rights violation by S.Niyasov and his refusal to implement agreements on human rights as a state leader and a full member of the international community. The agreements ( the Genocide Convention of 1948 and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as well as the new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture of 1984) have not been ratified yet. Niyasov declines to break off all statements and activities on forced resettlement of people (particularly national minorities and political opponents), to terminate the practice based on the «national purity» concept, which contravenes all international norms. The present dictatorship and personal cult of Niyasov, as well as his blatant disregard for the international law and his fellow countrymen along with the absence of constabulary force in Turkmenistan, which could guarantee the proper execution of the warrant issued, forms a deep gap in the legal system of the state. The current situation has resulted in profound concern within the TLO and other organization.

Northbridge Services Group has designed a viable and cost effective option to act as constabulary body of the Turkmenistan Liberation Organisation. Through this proposal we are aiming to enforce the arrest and (or) execution of S.Niyasov. We are determined to carry on an efficient campaign under the direction and in accordance with the guidelines of the Turkmenistan Liberation Organisation. Consistency of acts shall prevent other organizations from uncoordinated activities, which are unlikely to accord with the international norms and score a success.

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Stephen August 5, 2005 at 6:02 pm

How is such a president in control and supported with USAID funds, Peace Corps efforts, and international oil money? Is the pipeline so crucial?

Brian August 5, 2005 at 9:20 pm

Niyazov supported by USAID funds and the Peace Corps? If that’s what you’re saying, it sounds way too ‘conspiracy theorist’ for my tastes… perhaps we should investigate the Freemasons and Trilateral Commission as well.

As far as I’ve heard, Turkmenistan distrusts the Peace Corps intensely (as do most other Central Asian nations) and USAID has only limited projects in Turkmenistan.

So are you saying Peace Corps volunteers are willing to go all the way to Turkmenistan to work at a job where they get paid only $150/month in order to support the government of Turkmenbashi the Great? That’s pretty silly.

Josh Narins August 8, 2005 at 4:27 pm

We can be fairly confident that _if_ he is assassinated and _if_ the TLO comes to power and _if_ they aren’t busy fighting off other factions, and _if_ they find themselves with 4 million “spare” bucks, the assassin will be paid in full.

Nicolaus van der Veer August 9, 2005 at 11:12 pm


9 August 2005

Headline: Fraudulent Proposal for Services to the Turkmenistan Liberation Organisation

It has recently come to our attention through the public circulation that Northbridge Services Group, Ltd., has offered what is termed as a “Constabulary Service to arrest the President of Turkmenistan.” We outright deny this allegation and provide the following response.

This is in fact a proposal that was submitted to the Special Court in Sierra Leone for the arrest of Charles Taylor upon his indictment. This proposal has been altered by an unknown source.

We also note that the contact numbers and addresses listed on this proposal are several years old and are no longer in use by the company. We also make reference that Andrew Williams has left the company several years ago.

Though we cannot prevent people from conducting such acts, we do ask that the Ferghana.ru provide the source of this fraudulent document that they have been given.

Nicolaus van der Veer
Public Relations

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