A global activist organization has filed a lawsuit to pressure the Scottish government to exercise its popular reputation. “McMafia”Law by force Donald Trump to reveal the mysterious sources of their purchases and the development of their Scottish golf resorts.
The non-profit organization based in the United States Avaaz, a network of online activists, filed a petition this week in Scotland’s highest civil court to seek a judicial review of the government’s decision not to pursue an “inexplicable wealth order” against Trump’s companies. The former US president bought the Turnberry resort in 2006 i Aberdeenshire in 2014 a fully cash transactions when he was heavily in debt and he could not find banks willing to lend him money.
The lawsuit comes amid speculation that clubs could be part of a money laundering operation. The British government introduced unexplained wealth orders in 2018 to help officials combat money laundering and other illegal enrichment operations.
The clubs have yet to make a profit, despite the millions of dollars Trump has invested in them. The seasons he lost about £ 53 million in eight years, until 2019.
Clubs have not paid taxes to the Scottish government, as Trump presumed to do when asked for approval. In fact, Trump stations raised approximately £ 563,000 in Covid-19 grants of British taxpayers.
Trump bought the Aberdeenshire site in 2006 for more than £ 7 million in cash. He spent at least £ 42 million on the construction of a camp, a hotel and cottages, according to company statements. The Trump Organization has said in statements and files that one has been spent totaling more than £ 98 million on the complex, noted Reuters, which was the first to report on Avaaz’s request.
Since last year, a plan to build £ 130 million was still underway, Housing promotion of 500 units next to the Aberdeenshire club.
In 2014, Trump bought the Turnberry resort in Aryshire for £ 42 million, again all in cash. According to UK statements, the Trump Organization spent £ 70 million more in cash on upgrades and other spending.
Despite property concerns, Parliament voted, from 89 to 32, in February against one Scottish Green Party motion to force Trump to reveal his sources of money.
Avaaz argued in his court petition that the motion was rejected due to a misinterpretation of the law. Although politicians criticized Trump, they believed it was up to law enforcement to impose an inexplicable wealth order, not on the government. In fact, it depends on the ministers, Avaaz argued. As a “matter of law, it is simply not possible for Scottish ministers … to be held accountable … and accountable for decisions on unexplained wealth orders,” a letter to the cabinet said. lawyers Harper Mcleod. representing Avaaz.
“Scottish ministers are turning a blind eye to serious questions about Trump inexplicable purchase of £ 42 million from TurnberryAvaaz legal director Nick Flynn said in a statement to HuffPost. There are “reasonable suspicions as to the adequacy of Trump’s legal revenue in order to buy Turnberry,” he added.
“If Trump can’t explain the origin of the money, the Scottish government has a responsibility to take action. Trump can explain the source of the money, and that puts the problem to bed.”
When the issue was put to a vote in Parliament in February, Trump’s son Eric, director of Scottish companies, fired him and condemned politicians for drive “personal agendas” and insisted that the Trump Organization had “made an overwhelming contribution to the leisure and tourism industry” in the country.
Accounting for the former president’s Scottish resorts is unusual because Trump is the creditor of his own businesses, which means paying for many of the resorts ’costs goes back to the Trump Organization.
This circular flow of money within the Trump network provides an opportunity for money laundering, as suggested by New York business writer Adam Davidson. He called the resorts “the money disappears”Operations.
Trump “owns the asset, lends the money, owes the money, owes him the money,” Davidson explained. “The picture is clear: every year, Trump he lends millions to himself, spends all that money on something and states that the asset is worth all the money he spent ”.
But Trump could not have spent all the expenses he claims on his properties, Davidson argued. “We have the planning documents. We know how much he spent: it’s much less than he claims. Money really disappears. He goes from one pocket to another and then opens his pocket to show that there is nothing ”.
He may not have spent all that money on the properties. We have the planning documents. We know how much he spent: it’s much less than he claims.
Money really disappears. He goes from one pocket to another and then opens his pocket to show that there is nothing.
– Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) September 29, 2020
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