Amelia Riis

2008 | 2013


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"Déni de responsabilité" (2008)

Amelia Riis rejette les allégations et voudrait mettre en garde contre les abus.

Sur ce site Madame Amelia Riis souhaite contester les fausses declarations adressées contre elle par Monsieur Herman J. Berge et ainsi mettre en garde le public contre ses agissements.

Au cours des 2 dernières années, une série de violentes attaques contre ma famille et moi-même ont été publiées sur l'Internet. Ces accusations sont inacceptables. Je trouve nécessaire de les rejeter publiquement sur l'Internet oû des accusations à mon égard continuent à paraître.

Bien que celui qui m'accuse utilise un langage quasi juridique, et se réfère à des prétendues preuves écrites, ses accusations n'ont aucune base juridique ou réelle.

Des diffamations grotesques sont apparues sur un site Internet et aussi sous forme de lettres et d' articles aux tribunaux et à d'autres institutions en Norvège et à l'étranger.

Ma famille et moi-même ne pouvons que regretter que Monsieur Herman J. Berge ait choisi de présenter des accusations fausses et non fondées contre un certain nombre de personnes qui, directement ou indirectement, ont été impliquées dans cette affaire espérant ainsi mettre la pression sur ceux qui ont refusé d'accepter ses interprétations des faits.

D'ailleurs, ses affirmations ont été traitées par différentes institutions de droit en Norvège et à l'étranger; la plupart ont ete rejetees. Les personnes qui ont des intérêts dans cette affaire devraient consulter les conclusions des procès qui ont eu lieu ou, si elles le souhaitent, s'adresser directement à la famille.

L'auteur de ces attaques malveillantes et diffamatoires contre nous a été notre "conseiller ". Il a réussi à obtenir ce rôle en se présentant comme étudiant en droit. Par son charme, son éloquence, sa compétence juridique et comme un soi-disant ami de la famille il nous a donné l'impression de vouloir nous aider dans notre lutte contre une grande injustice dont nous avons été victimes .Il est venu à nous et a su gagner notre confiance. Nous étions âgés, mon mari est mort à 84 ans en 2006 et moi j'ai 78 ans et nous étions isolés et frustrés après des années de procès. Nous sommes devenus de plus en plus dépendants de lui. Naïvement, nous avons accepté ses idées et ses conseils qu'ils soient juridiques ou financiers. Il expliquait ses échecs comme des erreurs commises par d'autres, ou alors il se présentait comme victime de complots. L'étudiant en droit est devenu un "membre de la famille", et dans cette position de confiance totale il a obtenu accès à tous nos fichiers privés. Ainsi a-t-il pu consulter des notes juridiques, des rapports médicaux, des relevées bancaires et d'autres informations concernant notre famille. Ce sont principalement ces informations, au mieux sorties du contexte sinon fausses, qui pour l'instant sont utilisées à charge contre nous. Parmi celles-ci se trouvent des bandes magnétiques non autorisées de conversations familiales de ces dernières années entre lui et nous. Le fait d'avoir utilisé ces enregistrements montre qu'il était loin d'être le loyal ami qu'il prétendait.

Si certains sites sur Internet ont publié des articles racontant la "croisade" de Monsieur Herman J. Berge contre l'injustice, c'est probablement parce qu'ils ne sont pas au courant des faits de cette affaire et l'étendue du mal que cet homme à infligé à mon mari, moi-même et toute notre famille. Ils ignorent ses vrais intentions. Sa haine et sa méchanceté dépassent tous les malentendus qui pourraient exister entre nous.

Compte tenu de notre gentillesse envers lui et les siens, et la bienveillance de notre famille à son égard ces dernières années et ceci malgré son attitude incorrecte et déloyale après la mort de mon mari, j'ai du mal à comprendre son comportement et à accepter ces arguments. Quand on contrarie ses méthodes il se dit victime d'une conspiration. Il essaie de retourner la situation en sa faveur, mais le resultat apparait ridicule.

Comme cet precedent "conseiller" continue à faire référence aux "victoires" légales qu'il aurait obtenues pour moi je suis obligée, encore une fois, de démentir et de corriger ses declarations. Les gains de cause que nous avons obtenus il y a quelques années, ou plus récemment, ne peuvent en aucun cas lui être attribués même si la presse a, dans le temps, prétendu le contraire.

La "coopération" de ce "conseiller" nous a conduit à une série de mauvais jugements qui nous ont causé d'inestimables pertes financières. Il a reçu beaucoup d'argent et nous a fait perdre de grosse sommes dans des investissements "favorables". Actuellement, ces affaires sont sujets à de nombreux procès.

Un jugement définitif de son comportement envers nous ne sera possible qu'une fois tous les litiges terminés. Il a trahi la confiance qu'il a obtenue de mon mari, Einar, et moi. Ceci m'a blessée profondément. Sous prétexte de lutter contre "l'injustice" il s'avère que son seul but a été, et continue d'être, de s'enrichir en s'accaparant nos biens.

Nous savons qu'il continue de se faire passer comme représentant de notre famille. Il est en mesure de présenter des documents qui au premier coup d'oeil ont l'air de lui donner l'autorisation d'agir comme "exécuteur testamentaire", "héritier" ou "créditeur" etc. La plupart de ces documents a été déclarée non valable, d'autres sont en attende de jugement.

Sur ce site j'aimerais ainsi porter l'attention sur les faits que:

En raison de certains épisodes ce dernier temps, je me trouve obligée de prévenir contre toutes fausses tentatives de la part de Monsieur Herman J. Berge d'agir en notre nom. Je déconseille tout contact avec Monsieur Herman J. Berge en ce qui concerne des questions qui directement ou indirectement impliquent ma famille. Toute communication doit être adressée directement à la famille, ou à notre avocat Monsieur Ole K. Aabø-Evensen à Oslo.

Egalement, je dois mettre en garde tous ceux qui prennent contact avec Monsieur Herman J. Berge contre les méthodes qu'il utilise pour faire avancer ses revendications.



Amelia Riis
Juin 2008


© Amelia Riis.


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"Herman Berge’s Defamation Campaign" (2013)

Five years have passed since the foregoing “Disclaimer” was first published in 2008, and seven since Herman Berge grabbed the opportunity of my husband’s death in May 2006 to start an extorsion attempt against me, in which public lies, an incredible defamation campaign and personal harassement have played a major role.

Notwithstanding my reluctancy to resort to internet to publicize information regarding this controversy which mainly belongs to the courtrooms, Herman Berge’s new fraudolent initiatives make this update necessary.

In addition to the ones reported in my previous 2008 “Disclaimer” I am now referring to Berge’s posting himself as a “representative” of a “Foundation” called after my late husband’s name Einar Riis, for the “defense of victims of the Norwegian legal system” (in Norwegian : “Einar Riis – Legat til Beste for Borgere utsatt for mishandling av norsk rettssvesen” or similar).

I must therefore denounce that:

• no such organization exists;
• Herman Berge has no authorization to misuse my husband Einar Riis’ name, and doing so is illegal;
• any request for money or any other type of support made under such name should be regarded as fraudolent and denounced.

Since 2008, most legal proceedings between Mr. H. Berge and my family have come to an end and final verdicts have been issued. These have not only rejected Herman Berge’s claims, but also found him guilty in “manipulating” me and my late husband while acting as our “trusted family friend and juridical advisor”. Herman Berge’s expectations of an easy seizure of my family’s assets have been reversed, and he has been condemned to pay back what he had “fraudolently” received.

Due to old age and several difficult pending legal cases, my husband and I had become very dependent upon Berge when Einar died. As I was suddenly left alone in despair, Herman Berge pretended an exaggerated, unjustified, and continously increasing amount of money. As his requests were mildly questioned, he filed an unbelieveably high economical claim against the estate in Monaco, where my husband and myself were resident.

To be more convincing, he threatened me to abandon all the legal cases which he was supposedly helping us with, and to damage me as much as possible if his requests were not immediately accepted. Berge kept his promise and purposedly abandoned all our ongoing cases, ignoring legal expiration dates, not returning documents, and causing us great economical damage. Herman Berge tried to be regarded as the “testamentary executor” of the estate, a “creditor”, and a “heir”; all at the same time. It soon became clear that he was not only after a large amount of money, but the full control of my family’s assets. I had no choice but to seek legal assistance.

After three years of ingenious “delaying tactis”, on October 8th, 2009 the Monaco Tribunal de Premiére Instance judged against Herman Berge, condemning him to pay legal expenses and damages. The sentence was declared definitive on January 6h, 2010.

As Berge’s claims were based on Norwegian documents, at an early stage of the proceedings it became necessary to establish their legal validity according to the Norwegian Law. Investigations revealed that substantial funds had been transferred to Berge. Herman Berge had clearly misused his position of unlimited trust he had achieved within our family in the worst possible way. At the same time other cases of old clients being “circumvented” by H. Berge were disclosed.

On April 23rd, 2007, the Oslo Byfogdembete Court sentenced Herman Berge had “manipulated” my husband and myself and issued an order to “freeze” his assets in Norway to guarantee back payment. The Court order was eluded by H.Berge fleeing the country during the spring 2007 and moving to Luxembourg. Here he was interviewed by the Norwegian TV2 State Television (May 2007-see the video’s in the Media section). The network ran three Evening News programs on Herman Berge’s activity. One of his “victims” had been an old Alzheimer-struck patient, whom Berge had acted a self-appointed “tutor” for, and whose money had also disappeared. Notwithstanding a clumsy dissuation attempt by Berge (which was denounced to the Police as “threats”), a member of this family accepted to be interviewed. Strong similarities with our own case were outlined. Berge’s reactions and behaviour made it clear we had fallen victims to a fraud.

On December 14th, 2007, Oslo (Tingrett) Court rejected all economical claims made by H. Berge. The Court reversed Berge’s expectations and condemned him to pay back what could be documented had been unlawfully taken from the family (probably a minor part of the total value). The verdict went through several appeals and became definitive.

Some of Berge’s claims were – due to jurisdiction - judged in the Asker & Baerum Court. Drafts were found among Einar’s papers that showed a clear intent on Berge’s side to be included possibly alone - in late Einar Riis’ testament. . In the last years of Einar’s life, Berge had tried hard to be considered as a “heir”. According to his own statements, he had even tried to be “adopted” and change his name to be included in what – at that time – my husband and myself hoped would be the outcome of a 40-year long liability suit we had against the Norwegian Government.

On September 25th, 2008 the Asker & Baerum Court rejected these drafts on which Berge had based his claims on. The Court further found Berge had made fraudolent investments on late Einar Riis’ behalf, where money was transferred to Berge’s accounts abroad and simply vanished. The Court condemned him to pay back the sum. Also this verdict is definitive.

While engaged with the legal cases in Norway and in Monaco, Herman Berge tried to seize a small property our family owned in Sweden, firstly by an economical claim to the Kronofogden, then by trying to force Swedish Courts to recognize him an “heir” and the “testamentary executor” of the estate. Värmlands Tingsrätt court on August 08, 2008, and the Appeal Court Svea Högsta Domstol on September 02nd, 2009 dismissed Berge’s nonsense.

Herman Berge disregarded all the judgements made against him, and did never pay the refunds, the damages, nor any of the legal expenses he had been condemned to.

Several creditors had in the meantime lined up. Among them, Berge’s own bank having a mortgage in his house in Luxembourg, and his own lawyer in Monaco, whom he evidently had not paid.

On March 29, 2012 the Huissier de Justice of Luxembourg proceeded with a forced sale of Herman Berge’s villa in 665 rue de Neudorff based on creditors’ claim for unpaid debts.

Herman Berge blamed a “cospirancy” against him, and intensified his harassement against me and my family. On May 3rd 2012, a criminal complaint was filed in Luxembourg Tribunal d’Arrondissement against Herman Berge for personal persecution, “obsessive” harassement, defamation. Apparently Berge had just left the country, this time moving to the island Tonga in the Pacific, thus trying to elude or postpone prosecution again.

In addition to these main sentences against Berge, at least a dozen other legal proceedings have been conducted during these years, either directly connected to the above or as separate initiatives.

Herman Berge’s attacks against me and my family in these years, their persecutionary intent, the degree and grotesque content of his defamation campaign, are beyond description - in meanness and viciousness. The lies he has been able to produce are so absurd, so far from the truth, so numerous, and so unrelated to the controversy between us, that I do not see much sense in treating them here. I have in the foregoing notes purposedly tried to stick to the legal judgements and the factual results of this case only.

Herman Berge does not seem to clearly understand the legal and criminal implications of the judgements against him, and the liability dimensions involved. Blaming his failures on everybody else and on confused conspiratory theories, ignoring all verdicts condemning him, and continuing his attacks against my family cannot but prompt us to further legal actions to protect our family’s privacy and reputation, to further disclosures of his endeavours, and to further warnings against his fraudolent initiatives.



Amelia Riis
April 2013

© Amelia Riis.


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