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Health and Age of the Imam - Gray Keeps bringing this up.

Mr Gray tried to establish that the Imam is aging and in bad health. It was refuted by everyone.

[Note: Extracts of Federal Court Transcripts of Cross-Examinations held August 2010 for Summary Judgement Motions in the Aga Khan Copyright Lawsuit
Sections starting with N. Tajdin #... Means Nagib Tajdin is the one answering questions in the next section
Sections starting with Jiwa #... Means Alnaz Jiwa is the one answering questions in the next section
Sections starting with Sachedina #... Means Shafik Sachedina is the one answering questions in the next section
Sections starting with Bhaloo #... Means Aziz Bhaloo is the one answering questions in the next section
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N. Tajdin #268:
Cross-Examination by Mr Gray.
Q. I see. Okay. And did you tell this Mr. Ospreay the age of the Aga Khan?
A. No, I did not.
Q. Can you produce for me your instructions to Mr. Ospreay?
A. It was a verbal instruction.
Q. You didn't ask him in writing?
A. No.
Q. Did you tell him...you follow what the Aga Khan...his life, don't you?
A. I follow it very closely.
Q. Very closely. And are you aware of the fact that he had a skiing accident in 2008?
A. Yes, he has had several of those.
Q. He had several accidents in 2008?
A. Yes.
Q. And they were in 2008, weren't they?
A. Yes. In fact, I met, in 2008, or 2009, Dr. Sachedina in Ivory Coast, and he told me that we have fixed completely properly the shoulder of His Highness, and he is like before.
Q. Right. So, you were aware that the skiing accident hurt his shoulder?
A. Yes, I was aware.
Q. And which shoulder was that?
A. Probably the right shoulder.
Q. Right, and are you also aware that the Aga Khan, His Highness, is right-handed?
A. Yes, I am aware.
Q. Okay. Did you tell Mr. Ospreay that His Highness had had a skiing accident in 2008?
A. No, I did not, because he was already back to normal, and that was confirmed to me by Dr. Sachedina in Abidjan during the Golden Jubilee for His Highness.
Q. Did you tell any of the other experts that you retained about the Aga Khan's age?
A. No.
Q. Did you tell any of the other experts about the skiing accident in 2008?
A. No.


Jiwa #282 - #284
Cross-Examination by Mr Gray.
Q. I take it that you also follow events...I take it you also follow events in His Highness' life?
A. I do somewhat, yes. But the accident was publicly known. So even if you are not following, you knew.
Q. So you knew?
A. Yes.
Q. You knew there was an accident in 2008?
A. Yes.


Sachedina #586 - #599,
Cross-Examination by Mr Tajdin.
Q. And the Imam travels extensively; right?
A. Yes.
Q. I would think he travels all the time. I think he mentioned somewhere that he lives in a suitcase or something, or a briefcase. And I remember a very old interview that he sent that he spent so many hours working in a plane, that's why maybe he made this comment. He's also a sportsman; right? He does ski?
A. Yes.
Q. He drives his own car?
A. He loves.
Q. He loves. I have seen his movie with Princess Zahra on a horse. So the horse --
A. That is his hobby. I don't get involved with any of this.
Q. I just want to make sure that we agree that the Imam is in better shape than you and me. If I can refer to that Imam, I was just looking few days ago at the Pamir Mountains and the Imam is climbing the mountain. It looks very fresh. And I think you are 300 meters behind the Imam trying also to go up the same mountain. Is that a university that he's building in the Pamirs?
A. Yes, there is a University of Central Asia, which is the university in that region, in Kyrgstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. It's --
Q. It's a three-country --
A. Three countries.
Q. And it's a mountain university?
A. Under the treaty of --
Q. Okay.
A. Under the treaty between the Imam and the three presidents of the three countries.
Q. There is no choice but to climb the mountain. Because that's where the campus are; right?
A. In remote areas.
Q. In remote areas.
A. In isolated areas.
Q. Very good. Now, he is also a graduate from Harvard, so he's not like the average person --
MR. GRAY: Please stop here a second. I see the reporter is looking for -- off the record.
BY MR. TAJDIN:
Q. So I guess he probably is using some gadget. I saw you were using a Blackberry. Is the Imam also using a Blackberry?
A. I'm not aware of that.
Q. You are not aware if the Imam --
A. Blackberry, I don't know about the Blackberry.
Q. I will not ask his phone number, promise. But he uses some kind of telephone where you can send messages. I understand he send some messages. So he's quite a modern person in that way?
A. He's an Imam of the Time.


Sachedina #834 - #839
Cross-Examination by Mr Tajdin.
Q. ...So that day we met in Abidjan.
Q. Yes. That was during the Golden Jubilee; right? Right?
A. Yes.
Q. I guess this is a yes. We talked about the Imam, and you said that his shoulder was completely restored. You remember that conversation?
A. You asked me how Hazar Imam was, and I said to you he's fine. And you said is he all right, and I said yes, he's fine.
Q. Did we talk of his shoulder?
A. You talked to me, as I say, about his accident.
Q. Yes.
A. You asked me the question and I responded.
Q. And you said he was fixed now?
A. Right shoulder is a shoulder injury, that's why.


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