Saturday, March 25, 2023

Hunt for Kalafatis book, laptop spreads to his friend in New Zealand

Fresh information has emerged suggesting that the manhunt for the laptop that allegedly involves a state personality participating in a same-sex video has been extended to the late John Kalafatis’ friend, Ray Gare who has since fled the country to New Zealand.
At the height of the John Kalafatis trial in which four Botswana Defence Force (BDF) personnel were convicted of his murder, Gare, who was supposed to be a key witness, allegedly fled the country with his Australian fianc├®e, Violet Grosse to New Zealand in 2010.

He was with Kalafatis at the time the latter was gunned down in Gaborone in 2009 and only Joseph Piet who was also a passenger in same car testified.  

While The Telegraph was unable to establish when the manhunt for the laptop and book started, security sources claim that an eight-man delegation from the intelligence was deployed to New Zealand to trace Gare.

According to information reaching The Telegraph, intelligence sources had informed Gare that he was being suspected of being in possession of the laptop or knew something about its whereabouts hence his decision to migrate to New Zealand. 

Fresh information has also emerged that Gare is the suspected author of a book detailing the reasons for the death of Kalafatis. At one point, Gare was rumoured to have been denied a visa into Australia only to be later granted a visa by New Zealand authorities.
“The hunt for the author of the book that is expected to open a can worms and the laptop that allegedly has a video of high profile people participating in a same-sex orgy has been going on for quite some time. It is only that it was publicised recently,” said a highly placed security source.

The source said it is believed that Kalafatis stole the laptop from Allen West’s House in Phakalane in 2009. It is also understood that Kalafatis could have made copies and given them to some of his friends.

“There are also suspicions that he might have given some to his younger brother Costa, hence the recent shooting,” said the source.

The source claimed intelligence officers suspected that John was in possession of the original copies hence the decision to eliminate him.

But later, according to the source, it was discovered that the original material was with Gare who had fled to New Zealand with the laptop containing the controversial sex video.

“Some secret agents are currently in New Zealand to look for Gare; the team has been deployed there for the past two years or so. Gare is suspected to be working on a book about how John and his family were killed by the security agents. It is believed that there is a video and photos of high ranking people also in the said laptop,” said the source.

According to more information turned up by the The Telegraph, West’s death still remains a mystery.

“There are claims that he might also have been eliminated because of the belief by high ranking officials that he was irresponsible by exposing the laptop to theft,” alleged the high ranking security source.

Efforts to reach Directorate of Intelligence Security (DIS) Director Isaac Kgosi were unsuccessful.

The reports corroborate Kalafatis family’s lawyer Dick Bayford who was recently quoted as saying that the events were triggered when it was suspected that the late John Kalafatis stole a laptop from one Allen West’s residences in Phakalane.

The said laptop is said to have contained sexually explicit visuals involving multiple male characters performing sexual acts on and with each other. One of the performers is said to be a prominent state personality. This information, according to Bayford was revealed to him by a source who works as a state security agent.

“Based on the source of my information which I believe is credible, I believe the laptop exists or has existed before,” Bayford told The Botswana Gazette.

Bayford also added that rumour has it that the recent shooting of Costa was perpetuated by the belief that his late brother had left the laptop in his care, since it had in fact never been located.

Meanwhile Bayford told The Telegraph this week that he accompanied Costa to Gaborone West Police station last week where he made a statement in relation to the shooting by the Police last year December. “He was released immediately. The case have since been separated; there is one in which he is suspected to have snatched a bag in Gaborone West from a lady, and the one involving security agents that shot at him,” said Bayford.

He said it appears the state was reluctant to pursue the case relating to the shooting.

“I have been trying to secure an appointment with Superintendent Sergeant Marapo but he is not taking our phone calls. As I speak I’m preparing Costa’s affidavit and will deliver it to the police,” said Bayford.

Costa’s shooting comes at a time when the family is still grappling with the loss of the father of the late John Kalafatis, who was murdered by four Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers in 2009 in Gaborone. Kalafatis senior died early this year after battling with injuries that he sustained following an incident in which he was assaulted by four men at his workshop in Mogoditshane in May last year.?Meanwhile the killers of John Kalafatis, Gotshosamang Sechele, Ronny Matako and Boitshoko Maifala are free men after President Ian Khama issued a presidential pardon. They were set free after serving only a few months of their 11 years jail sentence. The three men were jointly charged alongside their fellow BDF member, Dzikamani Mothobi, who was acquitted of the murder of John Kalafatis in May 2009.


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