and was it a good investment?
In an timing error almost as monumental as that of the release of Jerome Corsi’s Where’s the Birth Certificate?, Lucas Daniel Smith misses April Fools by a scant 3 days with his latest article: “Lucas Daniel Smith arrested (2014) for extradition to Kenya.”
On or about the 4th day of February 2014 while I was physically present in the Dominican Republic, the National Police (Policia Nacional) raided my home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with an arrest warrant for extradition to Kenya on criminal charges of allegedly bribing government officials in Kenya.
Smith claims to be in the Dominican Republic, free on 250,000 Dominican Pesos (about $5,800) bond, the money provided by birther Bruce Steadman. Smith, known for his documents, provides an image of a complaint (“acta de denuncia”) in Spanish.
- Does the Dominican Republic have an extradition treaty with Kenya?
- Is the “acta de denuncia” authentic?
- Has Bruce Stedman been conned out of $5,800?
I’m still checking on the matter of the extradition treaty. So far I have not found any bilateral treaty between the Dominican Republic and Kenya. The Dominican Republic has an extradition treaty with Commonwealth countries, the United States, Italy, Finland, Greece, Poland, Spain, Peru, Germany and perhaps some others, but if Smith had been sought by Kenya, one would have though that they would be looking in the US, and one wonders how they would have found him in the Dominican Republic. See also, “Foreigners under Dominican Criminal Law.”
Persons familiar with the Spanish language commenting on the Internet and on this blog say that the document is riddled with errors, and not written by a native speaker of Spanish.
When Steadman (pictured right) appears on the Internet, it is often in conjunction with Smith. Steadman is the purchaser of Smith’s painting, “Orly Taitz and her Exhibits” for $350. Sam Sewell at The Steady Drip exhibits the “Declaration of Theresa S. Cao” saying that Steadman had paid Smith $3,000 to cover expenses in the 2010 “Letters to Congress” project. So here, allegedly, Steadman has given Smith another big chunk of change. Steadman had a canned comment that he posted on several Internet sites towards the end of 2011 into 2012, promoting Lucas Smith’s web site and the Lucas Smith Kenyan birth certificate (POSFKBC). Steadman posts as bsteadman on Smith’s blog.1
Birther Report has a big article copying Smith’s own narrative of his latest escapade. Of course, the birther story up until now is that everything to do with Obama’s alleged documents in Kenya is “top secret” and the last thing the Kenyan government would be doing is to go after Smith in public, but consistency of narrative has never been a strong point of birthers. It would be nice, though, if Smith were extradited to Kenya to face charges that he faked official documents, but I don’t think we will get rid of Smith that easily.
Smith obliquely responds to the above in another article, “Extradition to Kenya: Barack Obama startled by sudden discovery of Russell Leslie Oppenheim’s 1963 Kenyan birth certificate,” writing:
It should also be noted that Dr. Conspiracy [creepy stalking stuff redacted] refuses to take notice of and acknowledge, and intentionally disregards, the Russell Leslie Oppenheim document….
What Smith fails to understand is that I don’t read his blog, and unless someone points out something to me that he says (or this case a reference appears in my Twitter feed) I’d never know about something appearing on his blog, and that includes the alleged Oppenheim birth certificate. This new document, which looks very much like the Smith’s Obama certificate, is either authentic, or it is designed to address some of the obvious flaws in Smith’s earlier forgery essay: the full birth date of the father is given and all of the dates are in the correct DD/MM/YYYY format (in contrast to the USA date format on the fake Kenyan certificate for Obama and just a year of birth for Obama Sr.).
This from Smith’s Oppenheim certificate:
and this from Smith’s Obama certificate:
(In the Obama certificate, the date of birth is August 4, which precludes reading the second date as July 8. It has to be August 7.) One can only speculate about the reason for Smith to publish such an obvious contradiction, but to this observer it would seem to be an attempt to engage folks in a battle of “debunk me if you can,” an activity Smith seems to enjoy.
Smith goes on to attempt to refute the objections made on the Internet to his Dominican Republic extradition complaint document. He obviously put quite a bit of effort into that attempt.
For the benefit of those who do not speak Spanish (and I am one of them), I ran Smith’s document through Google translate and included the results (slightly altered) in a footnote.2
One interesting item is that the extradition request allegedly comes from the Kenyan National Intelligence Service, which seems odd to me, but would be in line with a series of other fake documents that have appeared attributed to that source, and perhaps Smith is trying to hitch a ride on that narrative. I looked at the Wikipedia article that explains the mission of the Kenyan National Intelligence Service, and it seems to have no role in the prosecution of crimes or extradition. According to an article at The Standard (Kenya), all extraditions are handled by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. They write:
Article 157 of the Constitution, establishes the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. The DPP has the power to direct the Inspector General of Police to investigate any information or allegation of criminal conduct including those that may lead to a request for extradition through diplomatic channels.
Whenever an extradition request is received the DPP is the one to commence proceedings for extradition orders. In commencing the extradition proceedings, the DPP exercises his constitutional powers under Article 157.
Also note that bit about “diplomatic channels.” The Smith document is Intelligence Service to National Police—no diplomatic channel anywhere. Similarly the laws of the Dominican Republic are not consistent with an extradition request from a foreign country to the National Police. Ley No. 489 sobre Extradición en la República Dominicana deals with extradition, and the relevant Section 6 states (in translation):
Section 6 -. Any request for extradition, as emanating from the Dominican State or either directed to it, shall be processed through the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
- The Constitution of Kenya
- The Extradition (Contiguous and Foreign Countries) Act Rev. 2010
- Rendition and Extradition in Kenya – EvolutionAfrica
- Ley No. 489 sobre Extradición en la República Dominicana
1In one of those pervasive examples of coincidence, the first instance of the Steadman stock comment I know of appears on the WTPOTUS blog, and it is immediately followed by one from “Miri.” Miri is one of two other people on the Internet that I have been able to find that have posted photos linked to the BadKarmaRoundUp Photobucket account, almost certainly owned by commenter ★FALCON★ at Birther Report.
CHIEF OF POLICE
CENTRAL DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, PN RECEIVING COMPLAINTS
RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF CRIMES. AND CRIMES. AGAINST THE PROPERTY PALACE
ALL FOR THE NATION
SANTO DOMINGO, D. N.
RECORD OF COMPLAINT
In the city of Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, being 11:25 hours on 01/28/2014, 169 year of Independence and 150 of the Restoration, meeting in our office, PN located on the First Floor of the Palace, PN and in the lawful exercise of my duties as Head of Office of Complaint Investigations Crimes Department, PN by us before, MAYOR LIC. TEODOSO DIFRE SORIANO, P. N. It appeared, MAXIMO NUMOZ WILLIAM DELGADO, National Bureau of Investigation.
The reason for my appearance before this office, PN It is the purpose of REPORT, that at about 13:30 PM on 24/01/2014, while I was in my office received a formal request from Kenya National Intelligence Service extradition of a foreign nationality American, Lucas Daniel Smith, Passport No. xxxxxxx, act of bribing government official of the country Kenya.
After hearing the statements above proceeded to write this record for the purposes of relevant law.
Mr. TEODOSO DIPRE SORIANO
Major, P. N.
Receiving Complaints 809-682-2151 Ext.: 2332