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Daniel Mejia and Volodymyr Prodyvus of
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Daniel Mejia, Volodymyr Prodyvus and Yevhen Chervonenko, head of Euro – 2012 preparations

 

 

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The things they say...

‘Neither FIFA nor its President have anything to hide, nor do they wish to.’

Blatter press release, 28 January, 2003


BBC Panorama Reporter Andy Davies:

‘A one million franc bribe … is it not correct that Mr Blatter asked that it be moved to the FIFA official who was named on the payment slip?’

FIFA Director of Communications Markus Siegler:

‘If you do not stop now, then we call the security and we put you out.’

FIFA Press conference, Zurich, Tuesday, 11 April 2006


‘I am deputy chairman of the finance committee of FIFA. I oversee a budget of US$2 billion and I have never seen one iota of corruption.’

Jack Warner, Trinidad Express 12 December 2004


‘Lying and deception and bad faith are standard operating procedure at FIFA.’

Adam C. Silverstein, a lawyer for MasterCard in their successful action against FIFA, New York, December 1, 2006


‘I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at that level (Argentine Premier League) because it’s hard work and, you know, Jews don’t like hard work.’

FIFA senior vice-president and chair of Finance Committee, Julio Grondona, 5 July 2003. Buenos Aires


‘FIFA is a healthy, clean and transparent organisation with nothing to hide. There is huge public interest in FIFA, therefore we have to be as transparent as possible. We will try to communicate in a more open way so the world can believe us and be proud of their federation.’

FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, January 2003, on fifa.com


 

Can Danny & The Mobster Deliver for
Euro 2012?

By Andrew Jennings

 

 

 

There’s $25 billion worth of construction business on offer to get Ukraine ready to co-host the 2012 Euro championships. If you want a share you must talk to Mark Blinder, a man who denies Mafia associations. Mr Blinder will then introduce you to Daniel Mejia.

 

Concerns that Ukraine’s stadiums may not be ready for 2012 are receding. The crucial issue now is infrastructure - the roads and bridges between host cities. Without them, Ukraine can’t jointly deliver with Poland.

 

Mr Mejia – born in the Dominican Republic, operating in Colombia and based in Miami - convinced Ukrainian officials that in these difficult times he has access to vast amounts of money to invest in 2,000 km of new roads. Last year his Sun Land Group promised to raise $7 billion to build new bridges needed for 2012.

 

As he signed the contract Mr Mejia said, ‘We believe our experience and knowledge of credit resources positions Sun Land to successfully complete these projects on time.’ Asked this week, 13 months later, if this is still the case, he said it was now ‘dependent on the government.’

 

Has the $7 billion been raised? Mejia replies, ‘the Ukraine government must complete all approvals.’ Then the money will flow, he insists, through a ‘private placing structure, directly handled by our company.’ He declines to identify banks likely to provide the money.

 

After the ceremony Mr Mejia issued a press release trumpeting the presence of ‘Mr. Motoo Kusakabe from the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.’

 

This was encouraging. If the contract was backed by such a prestigious institution, surely it was bound to succeed. But last week the EBRD denied ‘any formal or informal relationship with the Sun Land Group Corporation’ and said that Mr Kusakabe was not from their bank. He worked for a Japanese bank official and attended in his private capacity. Mr Mejia explained this week that ‘Mr Kusakabe is our distinguished friend.’

 

Mr Mejia’s Sun Land business took off in the Dominican Republic with a $76 million deal in 2000 to supply military equipment. His good relationship with president Hipolito Mejia secured a $115 million public works contract the following year. Worries about Sun Land surfaced in local newspapers and there was uproar when it was revealed how the money was being raised for his projects.

 

Critics claimed officials were creating financial notes – a kind of IOU - that Mejia could sell abroad, pocketing commissions, according to the contract, of nearly 14%. This caused upset when the country allegedly broke public spending promises to the IMF. The Miami Herald termed it one of the President’s ‘major scandals.’

 

Sun Land’s dealings, were soon being described as ‘controversial’ and ‘questionable’ and even ‘jeopardising the state.’ Another Mejia contract was hailed as the ‘Scandal of the Year.’

 

Sun Land was charging  $130 million to re-equip the country’s police and other services. Two companies Mejia said were supplying equipment couldn’t be traced. Critics said cars and motorbikes were overpriced and alleged Mejia was charging $10,000 dollars for $1,000 computers.

 

Jorge Pineda, Editor of Dominican Today said, ‘We had never heard of the Sun Land company. There was no public tendering and we couldn’t understand how they got the contracts. Because of robust reporting by our media and the public outcry that followed, the Government had to cancel Sun Land's last contract.’

 

Daniel Mejia rejects all criticisms, denies his prices were inflated and insists, ‘The contract is not dead. That would require an act of Congress.’

 

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