Sunday 11 December 2016

Mexican raiders hijacked my bid to buy telecoms project – Ganley

Published 05/11/2016 | 02:30

Businessman Declan Ganley Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Businessman Declan Ganley Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Mexican raiders hijacked document boxes linked to Declan Ganley's bid for a $7bn telecoms project, the Galway based businessman and political campaigner said last night.

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No-one was harmed in the daylight document heist in the Mexican capital, which happened earlier this week, he said.

But, he said he's now set to sue Mexican authorities, claiming his Rivada Networks telecoms business has effectively being forced out of the running for the massive infrastructure scheme.

Mr Ganley, who is understood to be travelling in the US, made the claims on the Twitter social media service last night and could not be reached for further comment.

Rivada along with a joint venture partner was one of two final bidders shortlisted for Mexico's Red Compartida tender to build a 4G wholesale mobile phone network. Its competition was a local Mexican consortium.

But, he said last night that his firm was no longer in the running, and even claimed that the process was rigged.

"Frankly, process in Mexico stinks . . . it is now being pared down for just one individual bidder, there will be no competition," he said.

"Rivada is immediately suing to assert our rights to fair competition & rights of the people of Mexico to have a #RedCompartida competition," he said.

In a rapid series of Tweets, Declan Ganley said Rivada's consortium had just been told by the Mexican government that its bid will not be considered, because it had not put up a 1bn Peso (€50m) security.

But, he said a letter of credit supported by funds in a Mexican bank had been provided.

Minutes earlier he described the attempt by raiders to steal company documents.

"After year+ of work, days before bid delivery, vehicle delivering our bid boxes was hijacked & just those boxes stolen."

"The motorcyclist transferred @RivadaNetworks bid boxes to waiting car which took off into traffic. Our staff were terrified but not harmed."

Unknown to the raiders, the boxes were empty, he said.

Irish Independent

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