Woman arrested by Zimbabwe court over ‘defamatory online comments’ about financial adviser

Nigel Green, Managing Director of the DeVere Group

A woman in Zimbabwe was arrested last week as she appeared in court to fight DeVere Group chief executive Nigel Green’s efforts to secure a ban that would stop him posting what he has said online. called “defamation”.

Coreen Kooy has long complained about a policy she sold through a DeVere financial adviser. She says she agreed to a 14-year savings plan for her daughter’s education, but was instead tied to a 25-year whole life insurance policy.

But it wasn’t the mis-selling allegations or even the ban that got her to spend time in jail last Tuesday.

Kooy was sitting in court when police asked her out, where she was later arrested for cyberbullying, her lawyer Diana Kawenda said. International Advisor.

Kawenda said she was unable to accompany Kooy to the police station as “we still had to appear before the judge”. But the cyberbullying allegation “never saw the light of day,” Kawenda said, because “the prosecution declined to prosecute.”

“Based on the facts they had, they couldn’t bring up a compelling case against Coreen. Nigel Green had given power of attorney to his solicitor, Philippa Philips, to act on his behalf and on his behalf as plaintiff. But prosecutors decided it would not be evidence that meets the criminal law burden of proof here in Zimbabwe.

Kooy was released on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

As things stand, the ban and initial mis-selling complaint are believed to be ongoing, but the status of the cyberbullying allegations is unclear at this point.

International Advisor contacted DeVere Group, but a company spokesperson declined to comment.

Kawenda believes the best course of action is to “pursue vigorously” the underlying claim, as this will “bring finality to all other ancillary issues”.

“It’s time to take legal action”

Kooy is a member of a Facebook community called ‘Financial Ruin by deVere Advisors around the world‘. Its members share stories of negative experiences with company advisors.

The group, which currently has 452 members, has been the subject of a International Advisor story from December 2021, when Green posted a message complaining about the personal abuse he was experiencing.

He wrote: “Former customers of deVere Zimbabwe and deVere France as well as others who are not even customers or ex-customers have posted negative remarks against me personally on average 7 times a day.”

Green dismissed the charges and denied any involvement in the two respective regional companies, saying he was only a “shareholder”.

He concluded with: “I have been patient, but now I have to take legal action. The damage is significant and easy to prove.

Source: international adviser


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