Yesterday Karlheinz Schreiber appeared on Parliament Hill in handcuffs and flanked by police. His hearing before a parliamentary committee was well orchestrated. What was unusual was that it was orchestrated by Karlheinz Schreiber himself.
Months ago Schreiber signalled he wanted to talk about the Mulroney affair. Then he said if he were deported to Germany he wouldn’t say a word. At the beginning of yesterday’s hearing he said he would remain silent. Half way through the procedure he was singing like a jail bird.
Throughout all this the politicians and the media jumped through hoops waiting for Schreiber’s next move. Say what you like this talkative German is a master chess player.
Nevertheless throughout the two hour hearing Schreiber revealed only two pieces of evidence not previously known. The first was that the original payment to Mulroney was to have been a half a million dollars, not $300,000. Second that a letter Schreiber wrote to Mulroney exonerating the former prime minister of all wrong doing was in fact written by one of Mulroney’s cronies, Elmer MacKay.
In this dance of the seven veils, Schreiber has so far only lifted the first one, and that just a peep. And he issued the committe a veiled warning. Before he will give more testimony he must consult his papers which comprise about 25,000 pages.
Whatever the committees’ agenda is, Karl Schreiber’s is clear. He wants to delay his extradition to Germany as long as possible, preferably forever. So far he’s doing a good job.
Do you agree we are all dancing to Karlheinz Schreiber’s tune?