Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Albert Rene retired and handed the Presidency over to James Michel on the 16th of April 2004. Rene had ruled like a dictator for 27 years; a large part under a one party state. He left behind a nation totally divided. Statistics show that between 1977 and 1990, nearly 10,000 people left Seychelles to go and live in other countries. They voted with their feet at a time when Seychellois could only vote for Rene or pay the consequences.

During those 27 years Rene had amassed a fortune; some say in the billions of dollars. Political commentators claim that his assets are scattered all around the world, including many offshore companies and bank accounts in the BVI and Switzerland.

A couple of months prior to his announcement of retirement, a company named Capricorn Estate Ltd leased a plot of land B2311 that is over 80,000 square metres for a sum which works out at just slightly over SR2000 a month at Anse Polite. The Rene clan had already transferred over 30 plots to them from the Government. Because of its huge size it appears that Albert Rene had to hide behind not just one company but two. The main shareholder of Capricorn Estate Ltd is another company called Katiti Properties (PTY) Ltd. The majority shareholder of Katiti properties is one F.A Rene. Is this what he meant when he talked about liberation and delivering us out of the darkness?

Not to be outdone, his wife, a few years earlier transferred 3 plots of the most prime land on the beach of La Digue from the Government of Seychelles to one Sarah Zarquani-Rene of Anse Reunion; LD1110, LD1112 and LD1510. The main plot LD1112 was transferred for peanuts at only SR36,000; most probably ink on paper as opposed to actual money transferred. Corruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Is this corruption? And are these some of the reasons we got liberated? As will be evident this is just the tip of the iceberg!


Sunday, April 8, 2018


Captain Michael Hoareau admitted in open court that the 5 fishermen who were on board Charitha with him are INNOCENT and had no knowledge of or control in the drug transaction in which the Charitha vessel was involved. He named the innocent 5 fishermen as Robert Billy Jean, Dereck Bresson, Frankie Thelermont and Naddy Delorie.

Hoareau the captain, whose sister is married to former President Michel’s son, was let off the hook by being offered to turn state witness.

George Michel speaks the truth to SBC

These innocent fishermen are looking at a life sentences and this is extracts from the court transcript as was presented before the judge. A massive miscarriage of justice has just taken place in Seychelles. Seychellois should be alarmed and outraged!

Q:           Did you tell them that you had decided that there would be a drug related transaction to be    carried out?

A:            Again I will stated to you what I stated to Mr. Andre I never said this to them.

Q:           So you were hiding something from them. Denying them that opportunity to make a decision as to whether they would go on that trip or not?
A:            That is correct yes.

Q:           And that again you will call it a big mistake?
A:            I should have told them yes.

Q:           And a mistake on your part that can cause them imprisoned for life?
A:            Yes that was a mistake I made yes.

Q:           And you feel comfortable with that mistake?
A:            No but they could have approached maybe the AG and stated that they do not know anything about this and said the truth.

Q:           And I can tell you Mr. Hoareau as far as my client is concerned the third he was approached by the NDEA he told the truth.
A:            This I do not know I am not aware.

Q:           But I am putting it to you that he did and now you are telling us you made a mistake and you realise that was a very serious mistake and it is not fair on these fisherman.
A:            When I am looking at it the AG went before the news and indicated that any of the Accused could have told the truth.
Again I will state that yes as a human being you make mistake but there are things that maybe I have made a mistake about or simple forgotten whilst under pressure.

Q:           And these are mistakes that are very serious and they have cost the accused their lives.
A:            Yes I made a mistake but I am telling the other workers I am sorry.

Q:           So you are asking them too forgive you for that. Don’t you think it is a bit late now Mr Hoareau?
A:            I stated to them since on the boat that they have every right to tell the truth that I take full responsibility that they could have stated what happened and did not happen and did not happen but I have full responsibility of what happened.

Q:           Thank you Mr. Hoareau actually it is correct that you did tell them. You group then you said that you will take responsibility for this transaction and you told them that you did not want to be cursed by the prayers of their prayers of their families because they could end up in prison.
A:            There was nothing about prayer but I did tell them that I would take full responsibility and that they would be ready to tell the truth.

Q:           And the reason why you told them that is because you knew that these man are innocent in this transaction.
A:            Again I will state I know that they were innocent in all of this and this I will stick to it.

Q:           Thank you very much at least even if it is answered a bit late you acknowledge that they are innocent to this transaction.
A:            I have always stated that they are innocent in all of this

Q:           And would it not have been better on your part to have put it in your statement said to the police these man are innocent before you signed the agreement at the AG’s office. You should have told the AG these men are innocent.
A:            I have nowhere in my statement said anything wrong about these workers.

Q:           But you never said they are innocent did you?
A:            I was asked and I stated that they were innocent.
Q:           Did you say that to the NDEA when you entered in agreement with them?
A:            No.

Q:           Again a mistake Mr. Hoareau?
A:            No they did not ask me I did not say it.

Q:           And so now what you are telling this Court, What you are telling the Judge that is the truth they are innocent.
A:            Yes as Mr. Camille had asked me and you have asked I have stated the truth that they are innocent.

 Seychelles Citizen Watch