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What is the relationship between Defendants and Plaintiff's witnesses?

Both Sachedina and Bhaloo agree that they are in goodterms with the defendants. In the Case of Alnaz Jiwa, they don't recall ever interacting with him. In the case of Nagib Tajdin, they claim cordial, even warm relations with him, admit that he has never acted unrespectfully against either of them, and that his family was well-respected until the Announcements and the Lawsuit.

[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

N. Tajdin #561:
Cross-Examination by Mr Gray.
Q. ...Mr. Sachedina has no power to consent to the publication of Farmans?
A. I agree.
Q. You agree with that, okay. But you also agree with me that Mr. Sachedina does speak to His Highness from time to time?
A. I am sure he does.
Q. And he does convey messages from His Highness to you? For instance, he conveyed messages about blessings for your family, right?
A. Yes, he did.

Sachedina #328:
Cross-Examination by Mr Jiwa.
Q. In fact, in the plane ride you were going to and coming back from Syria in 2001, you know there were two other individuals with Mr. Tajdin?
A. I'll tell you now I have no recollection of who these individuals are or what they do. I have to tell you that. Because I did not look at them from that view. Because my relationship with Nagib has always been maintained on a real cooperative and in a manner of not adversarial at all.
MR. GRAY: Until now.

Sachedina #580 - #585:
Cross-Examination by Mr Tajdin.
MR. TAJDIN: Okay. Shafik, I have a problem because we have been close and I have been calling you 'Shafik,' and I think I will be calling you 'Mr. Sachedina' so at least there is a consistency. But just for court, not between us. I hope you don't mind. It's not meant to be disrespect or distance between us.
Q. Shafik, you know me since quite a few years now, and we bump into each other at many, many places. I think in Syria, in Cairo, recently in Zanzibar at the opening of the Forodhani Park. Even Nairobi you came for the nation's 50 years?
Q. That was the opening that His Highness also came. And you see me sometimes taking pictures, videos. And would you say that I always remain at a respectable distance of the Imam?
A. Absolutely.
Q. I have never tried to overstep. And would you accept that probably this is because we have a code of conduct, that unless the Imam allows, we would not approach within his privacy area or his short distance or -- you agree to that?
A. Yes, you travel all over the world. I know that, and obviously you travel wherever His Highness goes.
Q. Exactly.
A. And you are around and I know that you show yourself there.
Q. And I never tried to overstep and go and talk and bother him with anything? And that code of conduct also says that unless the Imam allows, we should not talk to him or even give a gift. Even to give a gift, we have to get permission. If Imam note or make a sign that we are allowed, then we approach and we always -- even during deedars it's always in submission; right?
--- Off-the-record discussion.

Sachedina #635 - #637
Cross-Examination by Mr Tajdin.
Q. Okay. Mr. Sachedina, you know my family since a long time also. It's not a family which is disputing all the time with the leadership; right? And you know our relation, we are always respectful and I have never raised my voice; right? Is it right?
A. We've always had a civil discussion.
Q. Right. And we have always been taking tea together when we bump into each other in many countries; right? Right? Yes, I --
A. Yes, well, we have not all the time, but when I am there and you have offered me sometime, I've always had a cup of tea with you.
Q. Okay. And vice-versa?
A. Absolutely.

Bhaloo #114 - #121:
Cross-Examination by Mr Tajdin.
Q. Mr. Bhaloo, you know me at least since 20 years, I think?
A. (Deponent nods head up and down).
Q. We have always had very amicable relations?
A. We still have.
Q. And we still. And when you were president, vice-president, I was living in your jurisdiction in Canada. And would you agree that we have never had a fight?
A. I generally don't like to fight.
Q. And I also don't like to fight. So there is no -- and there has never been any fight between us. I've never raised the tone with you. I have always been respectable; you agree to that?
A. (Deponent nods head up and down).
Q. And you would say the same thing of my family?
THE DEPONENT: All right. I know your family.
Q. You know my family and we are all civilized people; right?
A. Right.
Q. I think we also have some family relation from the mother's side or something; right?
A. Generations ago maybe, yes.
Q. Generations to generations. Okay. Would you agree that may family is well respected in the jamat -- let me rephrase that -- was well respected in the jamat before this announcement and this lawsuit and -- was it very respected? Yes? No?
A. Yes.

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