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Press Dept - Eligo Intern
Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:06 pm
 
Further to recent communications,and comments made by Mr Guy Sainty
which misrepresents the facts concerning the 1995 case of Bailey,
Kennedy and Mr Idris Al-Senussi, please attach for further background
infromation the following article relating to Mr Anthony Bailey,
Chairman of Eligo International and Delegate for the UK & Ireland of
the Constantinian Order. For more information please contact Mrs M
Guerra at info@eligo.net

The Sunday Times – Lead Article 9 July 1995

Tory MPs were paid by a phoney Arab prince who used their support in
an attempt to align himself with Colonel Muammar Gadaffi and take over
as Libyan ruler. Write Maurice Chittenden and Simon Reeve.

Phoney Libyan prince paid Tory MPs for help

Mr Idris Al-Senussi, a businessman who styles himself Crown Prince of
Libya, spent at least £100,000 on parliamentary lobbying and public
relations exercises to create a false image that he was rightful heir
to the Libyan throne. He wined and dined MPs at Claridge's, invited
them to his home in St Tropez, addressed an all-party meeting of MPs
in the House of Commons and posed in front of Big Ben for a flattering
magazine article.

In 1993 he paid £32,500 to a firm run by Harold Elletson, Tory MP for
Blackpool North, and John Kennedy, later private secretary to Prince
Michael of Kent, Elletson, who sent to St Tropez, has registered this
interest but not the amount that was paid. He said yesterday" I've
declared the thing. Nobody registers an amount".

At least another £20,000 went in 1990 to Pinpoint International, a
parliamentary lobbying firm for whom Kennedy, a Tory party candidate,
also worked, and which employed Tim Janman, Tory MP for Thurrock,
until the last election, as a consultant.

Janman asked a series of parliamentary questions on Libya, including
one relating to Gadaffi's "declining political position". He declared
his work for Pinpoint in the register of members' interest.

Tory MPs duped by ‘prince'

Forty-one MPs signed an early day motion in 1990, which described
al-Senussi as "great nephew of the late King Idris of Libya, and heir
presumptive to the Libyan throne". They included Jonathan Aitken, who
resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury.

The motion was sponsored by Henry Bellingham, Old Etonian MP for
Norfolk North-West. He said yesterday: "If I have been duped so have
a lot of other people, including the government. I certainly received
no money".

Far form being the rightful heir to the throne, al-Senussi was
described last week by the co-editor of Debrett's as "the second son
of the sixth son of the second son of the younger brother of King
Idris's father".

Yet he used his new-found creditability in Britain to negotiate with
the Libyan government. He believed he could become prime minister
while Gadaffi was given the title of spiritual leader.

Al-Senussi has so much false prestige in London that when Anthony
Bailey, 25, a public relations adviser, tried to get him to pay for a
new agreed £250,000 PR programme, Bailey was investigated by Scotland
Yard and charged with blackmail.

Al Senussi was exposed as a pretender in court on Friday when a
magistrate refused to commit Bailey for trial, saying that the Libyan
was living in a world of make believe.

This weekend the phoney prince is back in the Middle East after flying
out from Luton on his ‘private jet'. He admitted paying money to
Elletson's firm to raise his profile "amongst decision-makers in the
United Kingdom".

Last night, Prince Muhammed Al-Senoussi, the rightful heir to the
throne said from his home in Mayfair "I believe that it is important
now, given the crisis that faces my country, that those individuals
who have been mislead in the past, note the facts so that this type of
confusion is not allowed to arise again".

How the Libyan ‘prince' was foiled. Great illusionist who ran out of
luck.

The lunch at the exclusive Travellers Club in London's Pall Mall was
going exceedingly well. Around the table in the library sat Prince
Michael of Kent, King Simeon II of Bulgaria and nine captains of
British industry. Their host was Anthony Bailey, youngest ever member
of the £600 a year club.

Then came the disturbance. There was a man at the door of the
170-year 9ld Italianate building asking to join the table. He said he
was Crown Prince Idris al-Senussi of Libya and he had just come from
breakfast with Bill Clinton.

The diners refused to allow him to sit with them but later the
"prince" gatecrashed the coffee room, when he tried to effect an
introduction with Terry Waite, the former hostage.

However Bailey knew al-Senussi was a phoney because he worked for the
real crown prince. Along his other clients, as a £60,000 a year
public relations adviser, were the Pope on his state visit to Poland,
the exiled kings of Greece and Romania and the Ethiopian and
Portuguese royal families.

Genealogists, too, knew that al-Senussi was only a distant cousin of
the real prince. His branch on the family tree was so weak that David
Williamson, co-editor of Debrett's Peerage said that if you shook it
al-Senussi "would fall out".

Yet with money from Middle Eastern deals, the impostor was to wine and
dine his friends from the Palace of Westminster.

The Sunday Times has obtained a file of letters to al-Senussi from
more that 30 MPs, many of whom were guests at Claridge's. Winston
Churchill, Tory MP for Davyhulme wrote "Your Royal Highness, I am much
obliged to you for your most kind invitation to join you for lunch at
Claridge's in early October. This I should be delighted to do".

Earlier al-Senussi had posed beneath the statute of Churchill's
grandfather in Parliament Square for a magazine article on the future
of the world's monarchies. He admitted the he subsequently paid the
editor "expenses" for advice.

Al-Senussi could afford to be lavish with his money. He earned $80m
(£50m) in commission on one deal alone, He agreed last week that he
might have spent £110,000 on "political support" in Britain.

One of those he paid for work was John Kennedy, later private
secretary to Prince Michael of Kent. Kennedy ran a PR firm called
Thunderbolt with Harold Elletson, Tory MP for Blackpool North.
Al-Senussi agreed a contract worth £32,500 a year with the pair. They
in turn engaged the services of the Rev William Taylor, vicar of
Ealing, and a leading Arabist.

The minutes of a meeting held in Claridge's on September 28, 1993,
spell out what he was to get for his money. Elletson would arrange
for him to speak to the Conservative Middle East Council and an
Anglo-North African parliamentary group would be established.

A series of briefing dinners would be arranged with MPs and Elletson
would try to arrange for al-Senussi to visit Douglas Hogg, then a
Foreign Office Minster. Taylor would arrange a visit to Li9byua
whilst Kennedy and the "prince" would liase by telephone.

Last summer Kennedy and Bailey met when the latter was arranging an
official visit to Peru by Prince Michael.

Bailey was reintroduced to his gatecrashing lunch guest. The young PR
adviser agreed to devise a public relations programme for al-Senussi,
but only one that would confer the status of' senior spokesman' and
not as crown prince.

However, when he mentioned payment, al-Senussi claimed he was being
blackmailed. Police set up a tape recording on his telephone.

Bailey was arrested by detectives last December in a dawn swoop on his
Kensington flat. But in court Desmond de Silva, QC, said Bailey had
been set up by al-Senussi because of the success of his work for the
real crown prince.

The case is likely to embarrass John Major's government and reopen the
controversy over paid parliamentary consultancy work highlighted when
The Sunday Times firs exposed the "cash for questions" scandal.

Last night Bailey said" I am delighted my name has been cleared.
There were some very sinister aspects to the case".
 
 
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