Gibraltar, Mediterranean Ocean - Spain has violated international maritime law by sending one of its fleet's notorious floating rust buckets into British territorial waters around Gibraltar to protect an Ecuadorean slush-fund hideyehole.
The presence of the Spanish navy vessel El Gran Señor prompted reports of outrage at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Orifice where Foreign Secretary William Plague called it a bloody cheek before ordering one of the country's nuclear subs to make a sudden detour to the Mediterranean peninsula for a spot of target practise on rogue alien craft.
And what is behind all this brouhaha, apart from a sordid racketeering lawsuit being heard in a Manhattan court room against NYC shyster lawyer Steven Donziger and his ugly ragbag of Ecuadorean eco-rent-a-mob?
Yesterday's stunning revelations in Judge Lewis Kaplan's court named the British dependency and offshore tax haven of Gibraltar as the unlikely HQ of an expected $600 million slush fund operated by Donziger.
"That's where Mr Donziger hopes to stash his Chevron shakedown cash, Your Honor," Chevron lead attorney Randy Mastro commented amid cries of horror from Ecuadorean Sequoya tribe representatives - who allegedly hired Donziger - who'd never been told such huge sums would be routed to the Mediterranean tax haven without their knowledge or consent.
Last year eco-bullshitter Trudie Dtyler and her husband 'Sting' revealed Gibraltar is the financial HQ of their personal charidee that brings clean drinking water to the endangered Ecuadorean scammers involved in the Lago Agrio pollution lawsuit.
The couple's presence in the public gallery at Judge Kaplan's court room made for an excruciatingly awkward aura around the RICO defendants' case as details of the
proposed $600 million bank facility were made public.
Expect the newly resurrected Spanish aircraft carrier the General Franco to enter the array if Judge Kaplan permits the supermajor's lawyers to freeze Donziger's dirty money laundering accounts worldwide.