Legal Troubles Ahead for Swiss Activists Bruno Manser Fonds

Lukas Straumann and the activist group Bruno Manser Fonds are facing further legal troubles on their ongoing defamatory campaign against Sakto Corporation, a Canadian real estate company owned by Sean Murray and Jamilah Taib Murray, the daughter of Sarawak governor Tun Pehin Abdul Taib Mahmud.


After a Canadian Court ruled against the BMF in February 2017, Sakto is now pursuing damages and a permanent injunction in Switzerland.

A recent court ruling in Switzerland on an interim injunction is now before the Court of Appeal according to Duncan Fraser, their Canadian lawyer.

He said, “These procedural rulings do not affect the ultimate outcome, and BMF will be required to stand trial on the scandalous campaign the Canadian Court found to be without foundation.

“BMF’s Executive Director Lukas Straumann has admitted under oath that he cannot support his allegations.”

As this litigation proceeds, the pressure is mounting on the BMF to abandon its misguided and defamatory campaign.

BMF have waged a lengthy campaign against Sakto through social media, websites, blogs, and in-person protests.

Sakto Corporation (‘Sakto’), a mid-size Canadian real estate company located in Ottawa, is seeking to order BMF to remove from the public domain a litany of false statements and speculative allegations relating to Sakto. These total over 1,100 infringing statements and over 250 publications.