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PostSubject: Harry Redknapp on Trial   2012-01-24, 20:34

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Harry Redknapp threatened to "sue the b*******" off a journalist as the football boss and his former employer gave conflicting excuses for an alleged offshore tax fiddle, a court heard on Tuesday.

The Tottenham manager was "feigning ignorance" about his illegal dealings for six years before his arrest, prosecutors claimed.

Redknapp was said to have told police "I don't fiddle" as he and co-defendant Milan Mandaric gave contradicting explanations for the £189,000 "bung".

The Londoner - who is tipped to lead the England team - had earlier told News of the World reporter Rob Beasley that Mandaric "don't know what he is f****** talking about".

While Redknapp claimed payments in to the Monaco account surrounded transfer profit bonuses, Mandaric claimed the money was a loan "outside of football", the court heard.

Prosecutor John Black QC read out a string of interview transcripts on the second day of Redknapp and Mandaric's tax evasion trial.

In a 2009 telephone conversation Redknapp told Mr Beasley he had "the best accountants in England", claiming the Inland Revenue was fully aware of his dealings in Monaco.

Mr Beasley spoke to Redknapp on the eve of Tottenham taking on Manchester United in the Carling Cup final and two days after calling Mandaric, the former Portsmouth FC chairman.

When Mr Beasley offered Mandaric's explanation that the money was an investment, the Tottenham Hotspur manager replied: "He don't know what he is f****** talking about. What is he talking about? It is a bonus."

Explaining that the payments surrounded profit made on the sale of Peter Crouch from Portsmouth to Aston Villa, Redknapp added: "If it was something dodgy I would have gone over there and brought it back in a briefcase."

When Mr Beasley asked him whether he had paid any tax in the UK on it, Redknapp replied: "Haven't been asked to, Rob."

Redknapp said "there ain't nothing crooked in it" as the telephone conversation went on, the court heard.

"Don't say bung," Redknapp said. "It's nothing to do with a bung. It's paid by the chairman.

"How can it be a bung when the chairman of the football club paid me?"

He added: "What's a bung? It's a f****** sick word."

Redknapp told Mr Beasley that if the journalist reported in the paper that the manager was taking bungs, he would 'sue the bollocks' off him.

Mandaric told Mr Beasley two days earlier: "This is the money for my investment... a way to help Harry for the investment... we had become friends."

He added: "Rob, as I told you, it was nothing wrong. It was something I did for my friend... away from football."

Redknapp declared his Monaco account to inspectors less than two weeks before joining Spurs, the prosecution alleged.

He said later during police interviews that he thought the Monaco account set up in his dog Rosie's name was dormant and he did not know Mandaric had put any money in.

"He's probably lost it," Redknapp told officers. "I could show you people who I have lent money to in investments.

"It would blow your brains away, the money I have squandered but then I do trust people, that's the way I live my life."

Redknapp was said to have told a detective: "I said to him many, many times 'Milan, I don't want to end up with a tax bill'.

"I was told I wasn't liable for income tax on so many occasions."

Redknapp added: "For the sake of that amount of money or any amount of money, I don't fiddle.

"I pay my tax since I have been in football my entire life. I pay every penny."

But prosecutors claim he only mentioned the Monaco account after he was questioned during the Premier League-led Quest investigation in 2006.

Mr Black said: "The existence of the bank account was not registered to Revenue and Customs for a period of six years, two months... after Mr Redknapp was first arrested and questioned in the course of this investigation."

Referring to the Quest inquiry, Mr Black added: "It's clear that it was only at this time that Mr Redknapp brought to the attention the existence of the Monaco bank account, feigning almost total ignorance of its existence, its operation and its contents."

Both Redknapp and Mandaric deny two counts of cheating the public revenue when he was manager of Portsmouth Football Club.

The first charge of cheating the public revenue alleges that between April 1 2002 and November 28 2007 Mandaric paid 145,000 US dollars (£93,100) into the account.

The second charge for the same offence relates to a sum of 150,000 US dollars (£96,300) allegedly paid between May 1 2004 and November 28 2007.

Redknapp, 64, who underwent minor heart surgery last year to unblock his arteries, is the most successful English manager in the modern game, having led Portsmouth to FA Cup success and Spurs to last season's Champions League quarter-finals.

Mandaric, 73, is now chairman of Sheffield Wednesday, having previously worked at Leicester City.

The trial at Southwark Crown Court was adjourned until Wednesday when the Crown's opening continues.



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PostSubject: Re: Harry Redknapp on Trial   2012-01-24, 20:35

"Redknapp added: "If it was something dodgy I would have gone over there and brought it back in a briefcase."

Brilliant answer Arry but I don't think that helped your case !!!!!


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PostSubject: Re: Harry Redknapp on Trial   2012-01-27, 22:08

REDKNAPP: 'DEALS PUT HOME AT RISK'

Harry Redknapp told police his home was at risk after he lost millions of pounds in disastrous investments, a court heard on Friday.

The Tottenham manager urged detectives to ask his solicitor if he had "ever come across anyone as bad, businesswise".

He said he lost £6million in a property venture in Southsea, Hampshire, and had squandered £250,000 to help his friend, Jim Smith, keep his managerial job at Oxford United.

Redknapp - tipped as a future England boss - also said he had paid £1million in tax in 2008, before adding: "We are givers not takers."

During interviews with City of London police, Redknapp said: "I am not a tax fiddler, I am not any kind of tax fiddler, never have been in my life."

In transcripts read out at Southwark Crown Court, Redknapp said he had paid £8.5million on property in Southsea.

He said he had a chance to share the investment with a Samir Khan, described as a business associate of former England goalkeeper David James.

Redknapp told officers: "I've signed a form that says he's half in, and he ain't put no money in, and I've signed the forms now, you can ask my solicitor in Bournemouth, and they can't believe that I didn't read anything.

"I thought he said 'I'll meet you half way, I'll put half in what you put in'.

"He put half in what I put in up to that point and my own money was about two hundred grand, now he's in for nothing and he has half the profit.

"The only downside is its only worth four million pound now and I've done like six million you know, my house is up against it but that's where I'm at, that's how useless I am with things, and you can check with my solicitor if you like.

"I'll give you my solicitor's name, you ask him if he's ever come across anyone as bad businesswise as I am. Unfortunately I live my life like that."

Redknapp claimed he wrote the Monaco account at the heart of a £189,000 bung allegation "completely out of my life".

Redknapp also told officers: "I have brought up a fantastic family."

He said: "To try and nick a few quid off the income tax...why? I am not into that. I don't need that. I would rather give you a hundred grand than nick a few quid off you.

"That's how I live. I have got a golf day tomorrow...I give 15,000 tomorrow to Leukaemia Busters."

The soccer boss added: "We are givers, not takers."

In an interview recording of City of London police interviews, Redknapp said Mr Smith had asked him over the phone for the Oxford United cash.

Mr Smith is said to have told Redknapp "some mega-rich young boy" - Nick Merry, who used to play for Oxford - had come over and was "about to buy the club".

But he only had 48 hours to complete the deal and could not get the £250,000 he needed in time so Mr Smith asked Redknapp if he could lend him the money.

Redknapp said: "I said 'Jim, what's it got to do with me?' He said, 'Harry... it'll help me, I'm the manager. If he buys it I've got a job still'.

"I lend him £250,000, I ring up the bank and said, 'Look, I said, Jim's said you've got the money in five days, Harry. You've got my word' - that's 20 months ago and the guy didn't buy the club and that's that's how I am.

"I can tell you 10 stories like that."

Both Redknapp, 64, of Poole, Dorset, and Milan Mandaric, from Oadby, Leicestershire, deny two counts of cheating the public revenue when Redknapp was manager of Portsmouth Football Club.

The first charge of cheating the public revenue alleges that between April 1 2002 and November 28 2007 Mandaric paid 145,000 US dollars (£93,100) into the account.

The second charge for the same offence relates to a sum of 150,000 US dollars (£96,300) allegedly paid between May 1 2004 and November 28 2007.

Jurors were sent home to return on Monday, when they will hear final prosecution submissions before Mandaric's barrister Lord Ken Macdonald QC opens the defence.



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PostSubject: Re: Harry Redknapp on Trial   2012-01-27, 22:15

Arry says he is not a fiddler and that he has never fiddled anyone.

I think he has his trials mixed up, there must be another one coming up Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Harry Redknapp on Trial   2012-01-27, 22:29

What gets me about this is that when he was West Ham manager, he was in sole charge of all the transfer dealings. Unfortunately, ignorance is not a defence in fraud cases. He's trying to play the 'I'm thick' card, but he's being judged by the legal system not the FA.

I've always found it odd how some players have followed him wherever he's gone. Crouch being one example



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