Picture of Eugen Kaiser taken from the article in the digital newspaper eldiario.es http://bit.ly/1bucDtT
The main accused in the alleged macro fraud which happened in the South of Gran Canaria; Eugen Friedrich Kaiser, together with his two lawyers, held a press conference yesterday. This conference was actually held from the same place where the alleged frauds took place, the Club Puerto Atlántico.
We understand that an alleged criminal, who is accused of various crimes, not only can but even has the obligation to defend himself with all resources he has. But we also believe that the efforts to defend himself should be centred in the court house, where these alleged crimes are investigated.
The press conference from yesterday, and which have been echoed by various local media, is an attempt to influence the public opinion through the use of propaganda.
Mr Kaiser already used the same tactics in 2006, days after his second detention by the police, appearing in the media to denounce the police action, illegal detention and other abuse.
The declarations in this propaganda campaign, orchestrated by Kaiser and his lawyers, were focused on the following facts:
1. The competitors are the main source of the problems of Mr Kaiser
This we can deduct from the statements of Kaiser and his lawyers yesterday:
“The police action was a commercial operation, rather than a police operation” … “Behind the arrests and subsequent operation to discredit Kaiser there is only a” commercial reasons ”
“A performance orchestrated by the competitors” … “Kaiser and his lawyers see the police action as a tool used in a business conflict with his direct competitors”
2. The police have acted illegally.
Without any shame and quite ignorant about what occurred weeks prior to the arrests, he criticizes the way the police has acted, even threatening to file complaint for illegal detention:
“the complaint filed by Mindtimeshare was never verified properly by the police..”
“the police operation was launched only hours before the police action took place without any material possibility for checking the facts” … “the police made 74 arrests just hours after receiving a complaint from an individual, A. García, without any evidence.”
“the police made the arrests without checking who the people were they detained”
“According to the lawyers of Puerto Atlántico, the police did not wait for the judge’s permission to perform searches and seized documents and laptops in the company offices and private vehicles of workers”
“this is a copy and paste job of previous police actions which were archived and which has paralyzed the activity of a company and finished with dozens of jobs”.
3. Just one mention about the alleged fraud.
Of course, they did not refer to the reasons for which they were arrested and charged. Neither did they mention the hundreds of tourists who feel cheated and defrauded after buying into the Holiday Product.
The only mention they made about the alleged fraud is a lie as well:
“From the complaints filed which included 60 cases, in the end there are only 6 or 7 claims left against us for the sale of the Holiday Packages, another part of his business, which are under negotiation or in civil proceedings, “said Kaiser, who stressed that “it is a very small part of our business, with 33,000 customers of vacation packages, we have far fewer claims than Thomas Cook”
The press conference yesterday is nothing more than a propaganda campaign with the only intention to artificially attract the support for their court case and generate an attitude change in the public opinion.
They try to convince, through lies, that this is an unjustified attack against his company and employees. What they intend to say is that the business was legitimate, selling a legal product, and they are being attacked by a competitor in collusion with the police.
Their propaganda campaign focuses on creating external enemies (timeshare companies who want to get rid of a competitor; Mindtimeshare, the Spanish Police), in short, a victimization boast.
We believe that yesterday’s event was an attempt by Mr Kaiser to manipulate the situation and whose ultimate goal is to persuade governmental institutions who have to make final decisions about its current judicial complaint.
They try to create an image which has nothing to do with the reality.
So this is why we wanted to isolate all elements of this propaganda campaign, in order for all citizens to have access to different information then the one given in the commercial media. In this way they can question the veracity of the messages they receive.
The reality is that this alleged organized gang of criminals has allegedly defrauded hundreds of tourists visiting the island of Gran Canaria during the past eight years, by marketing a long-term holiday product, which according to the victims, proved a total deception.
About this accusation, the most essential one, not one word was spoken yesterday in the press conference.