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Feb 6, 2017

Former Puerto Azul Investor Blows Whistle on Failed Project

Three weeks ago the controversial Puerto Azul project for a massive luxury resort and hotel complex in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll unravelled. Seven persons were arrested including chief developer Domenico Giannini, while nearly thirty-nine million Belize dollars in property and financial assets were seized. Belizean government officials have been scrambling to reassure the public that Belize has dodged the fallout from the unmasking of this billion-dollar scam and Ponzi scheme. But it has emerged that from the time of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in France, where Ministers Manuel Heredia Junior and Erwin Contreras travelled for the grand launch along with other high profile personalities, Italian financial police had their suspicions. That is because a financial trader approached them after suffering threats and extortion over the project. Daniele Pistolesi, who signed up himself and others in the project, expecting to reap riches, says he has ended up with nothing, having lost his job and his home and is now under police protection. News Five spoke to Pistolesi today via telephone from Italy. He explains that some of the high-profile names originally tied to the failed project were still of the belief that Puerto Azul was real right up to the day it was exposed.

 

Vladimir Rodriguez

Reporter

“At any point did you have any contact with Belizean Government officials over Puerto Azul? Were you introduced to our Government officials – the Minister of Trade, the Minister of Tourism? Did you attend the party at the Cannes Film Festival?”

 

On the Phone: Daniele Pistolesi, Invested in Puerto Azul

“Okay; so Cannes Festival…I wasn’t present; because it was the time when there was a collaboration with the Guardia di Finanza, so I wasn’t present at Cannes. But Cannes was all a ?, all a joke; I think even John Travolta, even Mister (Andrea) Bocelli, even Rosario Dawson wasn’t – how I can say – cautioned to the Puerto Azul crowd. But if you see my Youtube channel, there is an interview of John Travolta on Italian television. Three days before the arrest of Mister Giannini and the crowd with Puerto Azul there is an interview where Mister Travolta speaks about his friendship with Mister Giannini and Doctor Gerald and he says I have the pleasure to fly to Belize and Puerto Azul; and this is strange for Italian police, okay. The position of John Travolta is strange.”

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