Subject:

Re: referral from Joe Scoby

From:
paianello@aol.com
To:
hbiden@rosemontseneca.com
CC:
goodwin998@yahoo.com, Rhb@rspdc.com
Date:
2014-11-24 15:58
Hunter,

The O'Connor family and I are beyond grateful for your assistance in this matter. Please pass along our undying gratitude to your father, the Vice President of the United States.

Respectfully,

Peter Ianello



-----Original Message-----
From: Hunter Biden <hbiden@rosemontseneca.com>
To: paianello <paianello@aol.com>
Cc: goodwin998 <goodwin998@yahoo.com>; Rhb <Rhb@rspdc.com>
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 12:46 pm
Subject: Re: referral from Joe Scoby

Thanks. My Dad spoke with the US Ambassador to Turkey about two hours ago. He expressed his interest and asked for information going forward and made it clear to the Ambassador to make his (the VP's) interest in resolving this situation known to the Turkish Foreign Minister.  

RHB
202.333.1880

On Nov 24, 2014, at 12:35 PM, paianello@aol.com wrote:

Hunter,

Marty's name is Martin O'Connor.

The lead lawyer in Istanbul is Koray Soqut of the Turkish law firm Esin Attorney Partnership.
The Turkish law firm is associated with the Chicago law firm Baker & McKenzie.
Koray's mobile number is: 90-530-325-4034
Esin Attorney Partnership's main number is: 90-212-376-6400

A person from the American Citizen Services Unit which we think is part of the US Embassy in Istanbul named Eric Eilskov (Tel number 90-212-335-9000) was with Marty at his hearing on Friday Nov. 21st.

I am available to answer any more questions that you have at any time.

Thank you,

Peter



-----Original Message-----
From: Hunter Biden <hbiden@rosemontseneca.com>
To: goodwin998 <goodwin998@yahoo.com>
Cc: paianello <paianello@aol.com>; Rhb <Rhb@rspdc.com>
Sent: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 11:09 am
Subject: Re: referral from Joe Scoby

Do you have lawyers name. Marty's full name. His lawyers name and number. Who they have met with from US Embassy. And any other relevant information.

RHB
202.333.1880

On Nov 24, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Hunter Biden <hbiden@rosemontseneca.com> wrote:

I am going to see him at 12EST. He already has been informed- but I will get an update if he has one.

RHB
202.333.1880

On Nov 23, 2014, at 11:07 PM, goodwin998@yahoo.com wrote:

Thx Hunter - Maureen will meet with the Turkish consul tomorrow morning USA time and late afternoon  Turkish time.   If you could mentioned something to your dad before then it would be great - we also understand that he had a lot on his plate and that the jet lag can be terrible.
Thx so much 
Joe 

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 23, 2014, at 3:29 PM, Hunter Biden <hbiden@rosemontseneca.com> wrote:

I will hopefully have an update when my Dad returns. He is in the air now.

RHB
202.333.1880

On Nov 22, 2014, at 8:57 AM, paianello@aol.com wrote:

Mr. Biden,

My name is Peter Ianello. Joe Scoby, who is copied on this email, and I have been close friends for many years. I will make this brief but I am available to go into greater detail on the matter at any time.

The person who I am writing about is Marty O'Connor. I have known Marty for almost 40 years. His dad, Ed O'Connor, was one of my business partners and a very close friend of my family. As background, Ed O'Connor, who is no longer with us, was one of the founders of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and a giant in the financial industry in the United States for some 50 years.

Marty was detained along with his wife, Maureen, at the Istanbul, Turkey airport on Thursday Nov. 20th as they were preparing to return to Chicago because they were found to have a decorative dagger that the authorities needed to have examined by a museum to determine if it was an antiquity. It is a crime to take an antiquity from Turkey. Marty, thinking that this was nothing more than just waiting for20the dagger to be examined and he would be shortly on his way, told Maureen to take the flight home and he would get the next flight as soon as this was resolved. The authorities had a museum examine the dagger and they declared it an "historical antiquity."

On Tuesday of that week Marty and his wife went to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and while there he purchased the decorative dagger for $500. The merchant mentioned that he had other items that were not for sale because they could not be taken out of Turkey because they were considered antiquities indicating to Marty and Maureen that he was knowledgeable about the law and that the item they purchased was just an ordinary item.

On Friday, after the dagger was declared an antiquity, Marty was taken before a judge who said that he must stand trial for this offense. At that hearing, the merchant who sold the dagger to Marty appeared with a lawyer that he brought along for Marty. The merchant testified that the dagger was not an antiquity and he showed the judge a receipt for $500 implying that an antiquity would never be sold for that little amount of money.

The judge said that Marty had until Tuesday, Nov. 25th to file an appeal which if granted would allow Marty to stay in a residence in Istanbul rather than wait in jail for the trial. We have retained counsel in Istanbul recommended by the law firm of Baker & McKenzie.

I don't know how to not make this sound like a cliche but this is an innocent man who is sitting in a jail in Turkey wondering what just happened to him. His wife and children are living a nightmare and his friends, like myself, feel helpless. We would greatly appreciate it if you could inform the State Department of this situation so that they might be able to aid us in getting the authorities to understand what is the truth and/or at the very least insure Marty's safety while he is being held in Istanbul.

Thank you,
Peter








Peter