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Michael Jackson squirms, quotes Bible verses over molesting boys claims

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Squirming in his seat, Michael Jackson is asked directly on camera whether he’s a paedophile in newly unearthed video footage obtained by DailyMailTV.

The King of Pop is quizzed by lawyers about allegations of child sexual abuse in what is understood to be the only time he was ever filmed being questioned on the subject during his life.

The iconic singer, who at the time was 37, appears nervous and laughs, giggles and jokes his way through questions about molesting children in the astonishing footage dated March 1, 1996.

The video comes as a documentary,  shown at the Sundance Film Festival, features Jackson’s former child companions Wade Robson and James Safechuck claiming the star raped and sexually abused the pair during sleepovers at his Neverland ranch.

In Leaving Neverland, Robson and Safechuck reveal lurid details of how Jackson allegedly groomed them before engaging in sexual acts.

DailyMailTV’s newly obtained video footage spanning hours shows Jackson being grilled over the claims and highlights his extremely odd reactions to the serious allegations.

The disturbing footage shows Jackson giggling just seconds after he was questioned on the molesting allegations against youngsters Macaulay Culkin, Jordan Chandler and Brett Barnes – the trio who were regular visitors to Jackson’s Neverland ranch.

The video sees Jackson squirm and uncomfortably shuffle in his seat as he was deposed by an attorney over the child sex abuse allegations as part of a lawsuit filed by five Neverland employees against Jackson for wrongful dismissal.

The group – who became known as the new Jackson 5 – asked their lawyer to cross-examine Jackson about his behaviour and management practice at the ranch. 

A key argument from the five’s lawyer Michael Ring was that Jackson had threatened staff, who saw him act inappropriately with children. 

In 1995, Jackson ducked a court grilling after giving $20 million to Chandler not to testify against him in court.

He also refused to take the stand in the Gavin Arvizo case in 2005. 

But in this video, the star has no choice but to be quizzed over the abuse allegations.

The wealthy star was aided by advisor Steve Cochrane and another legal advisor Zia Modabber, while Ring was joined by his co-counsel Ruth Ann Niosi.

It was filmed at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York on March 1, 1996.  

During the video, Jackson compared himself to Jesus and ranted at how he’s been misrepresented.

Jackson, dressed in a black jacket, red frilly stage shirt and black hat, smirked and shook his head whenever the lawyers discussed the child sex claims.

Looking pale white and gaunt the star fidgeted, scratching his neck, chest and head, as he denied knowledge of staff who spoke out against him.

Prosecution lawyer Ring asked: ‘Jackson, were you ever accused of having sexually molested Brett Barnes?’

Jackson appeared stunned, closed his eyes and covered his face, before oddly smiling. He shook his head and smiled again.

After an argument between the lawyers, Ring then added: ‘To your knowledge were you ever accused of sexually molesting Macaulay?’

Again the star reacted oddly. Jackson whisked his hands onto his head, touched his hat and then lounged back in the chair.

His eyes looked to the ceiling; he then swung himself back, grimaced, before returning with a wry smile as he shook his head.

His lawyer sniped: ‘That’s an instruction not to answer on that one.’ Jackson never answered.

He then stared at the floor before looking in disbelief at attorney Ring.

Seconds later he faked a yawn on camera and burst out laughing for no apparent reason.

Later the lawyers argued again about whether the singer should be questioned on his relationship with the children.

Jackson frowned and vigorously shook his head.

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The star – covering his mangled surgically damaged nose with plasters – appeared completely unfazed by the severity of the molestation questions.

Asked by Ring: ‘Mr Jackson, in 1993 there were some allegations levelled at you concerning improper conduct concerning some young boys.’

Inexplicably Jackson spluttered out a laugh.

As he denied investigating and harassing employees who testified against him in the trial, Jackson nervously licked his lips.

The singer – then 37 – denied that witnesses had been threatened.

As the lawyers continued wrangling he moved in and out of his chair, and then covered his shirt microphone with his hand.

Ring added: ‘Were you aware that Jordan Chandler filed a lawsuit against you?’ Nervously, Jackson gulped and muttered ‘Yes’.

Earlier Jackson admitted knowing Chandler – the 13-year-old friend who he’d had a well-publicised relationship with at his Neverland ranch.

Jackson started the interview sitting upright in front of the lens, but as the questions got more personal, he sank back into his chair.

‘I’m a black American man and I’m proud of it, and I’m honoured of it,’ he said.

‘The bleach skin rumour is a rumour, I don’t bleach my skin; I’m not gay.

‘Don’t judge a person unless you have spoken to them one on one – which is true.’

Jackson then compared himself to Jesus.

The star ditched his coy attitude to preach: ‘Jesus said to love the children and be like children; be youthful; be innocent, be pure and honourable.

‘He was talking to his apostles and they were fighting over who was the greatest among themselves and he said, ”Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest among me.”

‘He always surrounded himself with children, and that’s how I was raised, to be like that and imitate that.’

As the deposition drew to a close, Jackson acted non-plussed about the severity of the matters, whispering into his microphone.

‘Testing the sound. Is the air conditioning a problem. Sometimes the high sensitivity of the mics picks up sounds.’

Again nervous Jackson burst out laughing.

At other moments as Ring paused to review his questions, Jackson laughed looking at doodles made by his lawyers. Grinning from ear to ear, he said: ‘That’s good.’

The star’s legal team ultimately convinced the lawsuit judge to discount claims about child abuse – much to the fury of his accusers – when the six-month trial started in autumn 1996.

The Neverland five accusers had all given evidence in Jackson’s 1995 trial, where he was accused of molesting Chandler.

A maid, three former bodyguards and an admin assistant claimed in their civil suit that Jackson used recording devices at Neverland in an attempt to find out what they knew about the abuse allegations.

However, a jury took Jackson’s side after many of his ranch staff testified for the star after the six month trial in March 1997.

Jackson’s legacy now is being questioned following the release of Leaving Neverland, which will air on HBO in March and premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Director Dan Reed claims that efforts were made to approach Jordan Chandler, Brett Barnes and Macaulay Culkin by Robson’s lawyers, friends and media partners. None of them gave their blessing to work on the documentary.

Culkin publicly denies any claims that he was molested by MJ, as does Aussie Brett Barnes. Chandler has been in hiding for the past 25 years after receiving a pay off of over $20 million from the singer after a failed lawsuit concerning abuse in 1993. 

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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

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Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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Deputy President William Ruto will next month take his ‘hustler nation’ campaigns to his main rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard, in an escalation of the 2022 General Election competition.

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