Progress for Restis?

A long drawn out clash between Greek shipowner Victor Restis and US lobbying group United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) has once again bubbled to the surface.
Victor Restis

Victor Restis

The New York Times suggests that government lawyers are mediating settlement talks to try to end a defamation lawsuit Restis brought against UANI last year and keep certain documents out of the public domain.

In 2013 UANI accused Restis of doing business with Iran and the shipowner's lawyers say they have been seeking the release of documents from UANI to show that any allegations made against him had no basis in fact when they were made.

However, Abbe David Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, told TradeWinds in an email that US government lawyers stated they had an interest in the case when documents were requested from UANI some months ago.

"This raises any questions about the connections UANI could have with the US or other governments," the attorney said.

According to the US publication, the Justice Department has temporarily blocked the release of the lobby group's internal documents, including emails and donor lists.

Restis's lawyers have subpoenaed other persons they believe to be pertinent to their case, including billionaire investor Thomas S. Kaplan who, among other things, runs Tigris Financial Group.

UANI chief executive, former ambassador Mark Wallace, is also CEO of Tigris Financial, according to the group's website.

The press reports suggest that the family of Kaplan's wife, Dafna Recanati, are significant investors in Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), a rival to Restis's own Golden Energy Marine Corp.

Restis, who has consistently denied the accusations of having dealings with Iran, continues to claim that he was framed.

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