Time to juice it up

One of the more interesting characters caught up in the Firepower saga is Frank Timis, a person twice convicted of heroin offences in Australia who later went on to found a series of rather successful companies around the world. Tim Johnston is said to be working for him in London. They are supposed to be starting the new Firepower – a company called Green Power Corporation, that will incorporate the same products and logos as Firepower. And all the investors in Firepower will be most pleased because they will finally get a return. Yeah, right!

Timis belongs to a loose group of individuals and businessmen around the world, one of whom recently made news in Britain. It is the Labour peer, Lord Truscott. Yep, that’s him in the video allegedly prepared to accept cash to change laws. The former Labour government minister – once a special envoy for Tony Blair – is now a director of oil and mining companies controlled by Timis. Truscott is a director of two Timis ventures. One, African Minerals, is active in Sierra Leone, the world’s biggest source of blood diamonds (African Minerals was formerly called the Sierra Leone Diamond Company). In September 2008 the Sunday Times reported that Timis was facing the prospect of a court case over disputed mineral rights. The other company, Eastern Petroleum, is involved in oil prospecting in the former Soviet Union. Truscott is also a director of Gulf Keystone Petroleum, a company involved in oil exploration in northern Iraq, run by Bush/Cheney campaign contributor Todd Kozel. In addition, Truscott works for Gavin Anderson, a PR firm with strong links to the government of Russia.

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