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Dear Mr. Roth,

I propose the following for an interview appointment: 17/11, 18/11 or 19/11.
For me, 18/11 would be the most convenient.

My researches so far have shown:

*     The Danzer Group and Interholco have continued to have business contacts
with Gus Kouwenhoven this year. It is suspected that these contacts are to be
classified as a contravention of UN regulations, since according to a UN
resolution Kouwenhoven is no longer permitted to carry out financial
*     Mr. Gus Kouwenhoven was defined by UNO in 2001 as an arms dealer.
*     I am in possession of documents that suggest that persons in authority
at Danzer have caused the brand name OTC to be avoided in external dealings
("sans marquage OTC"), which in turn suggests that the problems with such
supplies are very well known to Danzer internally, for which reason it was
intended to conceal the source for image reasons.
*     The Danzer Group also purchased a large quantity of timber from the
Maryland Prozessing Company. Its owner, Mr. Fawaz, was according to UNO
intimately associated with the army of Charles Taylor. The question therefore
arises whether contacts with such persons do not contravene Danzer´s own
*     The same applies for the Inland Logging Company, and Messrs. Cooper,
with whom the Danzer Group even had some kind of exclusive purchase contract
(source: UN report).

With respect to your email of 26/10, I request you to state more precisely the
proportion represented by Liberia in comparison with acquisitions from West

Of course you will be able to make your comments on these points in the
contribution, as promised. For technical reasons (crew organisation), I would
appreciate it if you could let me know by next Tuesday which appointment would
suit you best.

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have at any time.

Yours sincerely,

Hansjürg Zumstein

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Dear Mr. Zumstein,

We refer to our telephone conversations with you and to the correspondence exchanged. The questions
you pose are now coming to suggest to us that you are striving for a one-sided and ostensibly
investigative presentation while making accusations about business activities of our company group, with
the intention of creating a “sensational broadcast”.
We do not wish to take part in a treatment of this nature of an extremely complex subject. This would not
do justice to the intricate economic, social and political developments in the regions affected. We would
therefore prefer to refrain from providing a backdrop for your filming. We will also not grant your request
for an interview at this point in time.

This does not affect our basic willingness to provide information. In the following you will find our answers
to the questions posed.

    Interholco AG purchased timber from the companies Inland Logging, OTC and Maryland until the UN
    ban on exports from Liberia came into force.

    All the logs that we have acquired from Liberia were provided with the identification numbers
    necessary for export.

    Due to the sensitive political situation in Liberia, Interholco has routinely kept itself informed,
    particularly during 2002, over the extent to which its suppliers have been identified by the United
    Nations as arms dealers or terrorists. In the years 2002 and 2003, according to our information, there
    were no clear findings in this connection regarding Inland Logging, Maryland or OTC. In a telephone
    call in June 2002 with a member of staff of the UN, he too saw no reason for discriminating against
    our suppliers.

    Even although Gus Kouwenhoven apparently formally held a senior position at OTC, he did not play
    any role in the daily business and in our supply relationships. The company was managed by Asiatic
    members of staff from the parent company. There was no direct contact with Gus Kouwenhoven in
    connection with the OTC business relationships. In September 2004, we decided internally to
    terminate the supply relationship from the Republic of Congo recently initiated with Mr.

    As in many countries in West and Central Africa, the labour-intensive timber industry is one of the
    most important employers. The UN has always assessed this factor positively in its analyses of the
    situation in Liberia and until the middle of 2003 consciously decided against a timber export ban. It
    can be demonstrated that the companies that have supplied us have created many jobs in Liberia,
    and thus supported families. This important point is often forgotten in the one-sided discussion.

Within the framework of our group-wide Environmental Management System, in which we orient
ourselves to the ISO 14001 industry standard, we will by the beginning of 2005 complete a project for
establishing systematic criteria for the purchase of timber in Africa. As well as the classical environment
aspects, such as sustainable forest management, the question of the legality of the logging will above all
be in the foreground. After putting these criteria into force internally, we will in the future regularly inspect
their observance, including with the involvement of independent third parties.

We will not be able to make further statements until current investigations, which also include the
examination of supplier relationships in Africa, have been concluded. We have already informed you of
the schedule.

Yours sincerely,
Johannes Roth
Ch†wˆr…taˆ€†‡rv5†sq…†puÃÃ(    !#à ()%

Dear Mr. Roth,

I very much regret that you and the Danzer Group are refraining from
presenting your point of view in front of the camera.

I must, on the other hand, vehemently reject the accusation that my researches
are one-sided. As has repeatedly been emphasised, I and SFDRS are always open
to taking account of the point of view and the best arguments of the Danzer

I am, however, obliged to confront with you with all results. I have done this
transparently. From this alone, you can see that a one-sided presentation is
in no way intended. Of course these are interim results, and it may very well
be that SFDRS, after examining your counter-arguments, comes to conclusions
that contradict the interim results.

I will contact you again after my visit to Liberia, and acquaint you with the
results of my continuing research. Perhaps a possibility will subsequently
arise to talk again about your point of view regarding the refusal of an

I remain yours sincerely,

Hansjürg Zumstein

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Dear Mr. Roth,

As I informed you earlier today by telephone, I have just returned from
Liberia. As promised, here is the latest status of my research.

- According to Arthur Blundell (member of the Panel of Experts on Liberia
appointed by the UN Security Council) the business contacts of the Danzer
Group with Gus Kouwenhoven up to September 2004 were not an infringement of
the UN sanctions.

- The Security Council will decide on 5 December whether the timber ban is to
be extended. For this purpose, the UN experts, including Arthur Blundell, have
been spending time in Liberia. I also interviewed them on this subject. In
addition, I interviewed Jonathan P. Klein, the head of the Unmil mission.
Result: UNO would very much like to lift the timber ban so as to allow the
economy in Liberia to be able to develop again, but fears that funds would
again flow into the hands of armed groups.

- I also interviewed Enrcio Carisch, temporary member of the Panel of Experts
on Liberia. He has in particular investigated various financial transactions.
It is his opinion that the Danzer Group should have been much more careful
with its business contacts in Liberia.
- As well as this, I interviewed your business partner Oscar Cooper (ILC) in
Monrovia. He denied having provided financial support to rebel groups. He
stated that he had for a certain time had an exclusive contract with
Interholco, since Interholco had provided a loan to enable his company to
produce timber.

- I also visited the OTC site in Buchana. It has been completely destroyed,
reconstruction appears impossible.

- The point you made in your answer, that logging is an important economic
factor for Liberia and West Africa, was supported by my research. The OTC
facility had employed between three and four thousand persons (according to
different sources).

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have at any time.

I remain yours sincerely,

HJ. Zumstein

E‚uhr†ÃS‚‡u7hh…8CÃà %    !#à ') !

Dear Mr. Zumstein,

Thank you very much for the summary of our telephone conversation. Your journey has essentially
confirmed the information we had given you. The very difficult situation, of which you have obtained a first
impression from your visit, requires in our opinion a more in-depth treatment than the format foreseen
would allow for. We would therefore like to remain with the position with which you are familiar, and
continue to refrain from participation at the present time.

However, if you have further interest in Africa, we would be pleased to put you in touch with Mr. Jean-
Jacques Landrot, President, IFIA / ATIBT (Association Technique Internationale des Bois Tropicaux), in
Paris. He is carrying out a project with the UN concerned with how logging and timber marketing can be
organised after the timber export ban is lifted such that misdirection of the revenues can be prevented.

Yours sincerely,
Johannes Roth

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Dear Mr. Roth,

I come back to our telephone call today. Since your company was in touch with
Gus Kouwenhoven until September 2004, I would appreciate it if you could give
me his email address or his co-ordinates, so that I can also consult him.

Regarding the facts:
- Contrary to your assertions, the UN Security Council classified Gus
Kouwenhoven as an arms dealer as early as 26 October 2001 (see p. 12 and p. 75
of the report).

- Your statement that Gus Kouwenhoven was not included in the Assets Freeze
List until the year 2004 is correct. The exact publication date was 15 June

- Irrespective of this, the Danzer Group, according to its own statements,
continued to have business contacts with Kouwenhoven until September 2004.
This was legal according to UNO, since the implementation of Resolution 1532
is not under the control of individuals, but under that of the UN member

For me, it is quite simply incomprehensible how a serious company - and to
judge from its web page the Danzer Group claims to be such a company - can
deal with a businessman who is on an Asset Freeze List and a Travel Ban List.
The latter, furthermore, because of contravention of the weapons embargo
("arms dealer in contraventions of UNCS resolution 1343").

- According to documents in my possession, Gus Kouwenhoven wrote an email to
your Mr. Ulrich Grauert on 17/5/2004. Extracts: "Dear Ulrich (...) My
outstanding with you today is Euros 250.000, can you deduct the next 50.000
Euros from my account and sent me the balance of the invoice in the amout of
euros 33.780 to my account in Austria. (...) Anyhow I will call both you and
Christian and discuss further Details As I have to go bakc to the bush by
Wednesday. Best regards Gus."

- I am in possession of a bank statement from the Austrian bank account

As a result of the UN sanctions, Danzer must at all times have reckoned with
any money transfers to Austria being stopped: after all it is the intention of
the Asset Freeze to prevent the persons listed from carrying out any business

I remain yours sincerely,

Hansjuerg Zumstein
Rundschau Schweizer Fernsehen

E‚uhr†ÃS‚‡u7hh…8CÃà (   !#à )"

Dear Mr. Zumstein,

The facts as stated by you require some correction.

    You quoted from the report of the ’Panel of Experts on Liberia’. In the report, OTC is connected with
    arms dealing, but not Gus Kouwenhoven (GK). With regard to OTC, the UN Security Council came in
    its deliberations to other conclusions, as also emerges from later UN reports. GK is listed by the UN
    Security Council at this time as ’Owner Hotel Africa’.
    GK was listed as an arms dealer for the first time on 14/06/2004 (Asset Freeze List). In all previous
    listings of the UN Security Council, GK is listed as ’Owner Hotel Africa’ (until 6/06/2003) and
    subsequently as ’Owner Hotel Africa, President OTC’ (up to 14/06/2004). For the UN, there was
    apparently no evidence of arms dealing until 14/06/2004.

    The business in the Republic of Congo arose at the beginning of 2004, and thus before UN
    Resolution 1532. When we received information of the Asset Freeze of the UN in September, the
    transactions were stopped, as you already know from my email of 9/11.

I assume that the document from which you quote is one of those which you told me on the phone you
obtained from Greenpeace.

Yours sincerely,
Johannes Roth

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