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Originally posted by Britguy
Of course, the fact that the plane is registered in Georgia may just be a convenience thing.
''According to the information of the Kazakh diplomatic mission in Thailand, the detained Ilyushin-76 aircraft was ... rented to a New Zealand company, SP Trading Limited, to carry out the delivery of cargo,'' Kazakh foreign ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov said.
A company called SP Trading is on the New Zealand companies register, with an office in Auckland. The only listed director is Lu Zhang and all the company shares are owned by another company, Vicam (Auckland) Ltd.
Vicam, in turn, is owned by Vanuatu-based GT Group. The company website says it provides services including privacy, legal tax avoidance and asset protection services.
Attempts by journalists to visit or contact Lu Zhang and SP Trading, which was incorporated in July this year, have been unsuccessful, New Zealand media reports said.
The listed owner of SP Trading is an Auckland-based company called Vican, which, in turn, is owned by GT Group, according to the Companies Office records.
However, attempts to contact the organisation proved fruitless. When The Times rang Ian Taylor, listed as GT Group’s marketing manager, his phone rang out and he did not return messages. An Auckland phone number for Michael Taylor, who completed Lu Zhang’s form applying for directorship of SP Trading is no longer obtainable.
The Auckland number for GT Group no longer works and workers in the office block listed as its address said that they had never heard of the company. A woman who answered the Vanuatu number listed for the group insisted that no one who worked for the company was at that number.
In an email to New Zealand’s National Business Review newspaper, Michael Taylor denied that GT Group had anything to do with SP Trading and claimed that it was incorporated into the group on instruction from a UK-based company, which he did not name.
The founder of GT Group, Geoffrey Taylor, was born in Cleethorpes, South Humberside. According to his website, Mr Taylor is also a director of a corporate services company, Global Fin Net, which offers help on company formations as well as other financial services. Global Fin Net has offices in the UK, as well as Australia, New Zealand and New York. Mr Taylor did not respond to messages from The Times
Geoffrey Taylor founded the GT Group of Companies for its owners. He has over 25 years experience in offshore jurisdictions covering the fields of Fund Management and Structures.
He is currently President of Southern Pacific University where the Faculty have elected him to the position of Professor; Director of Corporate services company Global Fin Net.
Union Top Management Ltd., a company registered in Hong Kong that was set up in November.
The document is signed by Dario Cabreros, who is described as the company’s representative.