Quebec spammer must pay Facebook $873M
Ouch! However, despite what might be a record judgment, the $873 million fine isn't what intrigued us. It was the name of the person who now has to pay the judgment:
A Quebec man has been ordered to pay Facebook $873 million US after he bombarded its members with explicit spam messages.
The Quebec Superior Court has upheld a U.S. court ruling that ordered Adam Guerbuez and his company Atlantis Blue Capital to pay damages to the social networking giant.
Quebec Judge Lucie Fournier also forbade Guerbuez from having a Facebook account or being involved in any way with the social-networking site ever again.
Of course our dear readers might wonder why we, an anti-racist blog, would take any interst in Mr. Guerbuez at all.
How is this for a start:
Hate crime and punishment
Regarding the article "Judging Hate" [Nov. 15], we at ARA Montreal must inform you that our opinion of the Christian Thomas murder trial was not expressed in the article due to miscommunication. We apologize for the confusion.
The SPCUM and specifically their anti-gang squad have extensive knowledge of these neo-Nazi gangs' activities. Yet, at the time of the arrests, they chose to officially deny "that any of the suspects have any link whatsoever to individuals belonging to hate groups." We found out that the suspects did (and still do), and that the police were lying. We sent out a press release to all of Montreal's media. No mainstream media that interviewed us published anything. Police officials refused to comment on our allegations. The prosecution claimed that after reviewing the case the police had prepared, they had no reason to believe that there was any neo-Nazi gang link.
During the trial, the prosecution used the testimonies of a dozen neo-Nazis, also present when the murder occurred, to convict Sacha Montreuil. At this same trial, not only did the three accused admit their association with neo-Nazis, but also one of them, Adam Guerbuez, admitted being a three-year Heritage Front member. Even though our allegations were initially denied by local authorities and are now proven to be founded, the media still hasn't published the truth. The SPCUM, to this day, still do not admit their flagrant lack of transparency. We feel that the police and media have betrayed the public.
--Kenneth Case, ARA Montreal
And this one is also interesting:
Crazypricks still at large
A company that videotaped and marketed real attacks on local vagrants probably won't face the wrath of the law, according to local police.
Six separate files were opened relating to the matter, but because there were no official plainitiffs, there has been little progress. "I'd be very surprised if anything is new on it," says Sgt. Michel Fontaine of the Montreal police.
The organizer of the site, Adam Guerbuez, an admitted white-power skinhead who says he has left the movement, claims to have sold several thousand of the $20 videos and attracted 9,000 more paid subscribers to the site, www. crazypricks.com. He has since disconnected his mobile phone and taken his site down.
One longtime member of Anti-Racist Action (ARA) who has kept close tabs on Guerbuez says the attacks on the homeless appear even more repulsive than the usual activities conducted by those involved in racist groups. Guerbuez was acquitted in the trial of a group attack that led to the death of Christian Thomas, 39, on June 24, 2000. Of the three accused, only Sacha Montreuil was convicted last year.
"I assumed (the attacks on the homeless) is something (racist skinheads) would get their asses kicked for by other Nazis because a lot of these homeless are white people. Many Nazis might think, ‘Let's help get these proud white men out of the gutter and make them proud Aryan warriors like ourselves,'" says the ARA spokesman, who goes nameless to protect his identity for fear of violent retribution. » Kristian Gravenor
Perhaps Mr. Guerbuez has left the Movement as he claimed in the 2003 article. Perhaps not. We just find it interesting that regardless of his current status, he still appears to be living what we would consider to be a parasitic existence.
UPDATE: The "National Post" covered this story today, mentioning Guerbuez's recent ties to the racist movement.
Racist or not, douche is still an apt description of Mr. Guerbuez: