The next Requena reply

October 16, 2002

Mr Ranty Islam
International Human Rights Seminar
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
Oxford University

Dear Sir,
         I acknowledge your e-mail extending apologies on behalf of the
Centre of Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford, for the
offensive statement against my person posted on your web site. As you are
aware, the slanderous statement was seen for quite a number of persons. To
mjention only one, I learnt about it, only after Professor Simon Keynes of
Trinity College, Cambridge, alerted me as he complained to the authorities
of Oxford University via e-mail. A copy of its message is attached for your
examination to keep a record of the original text posted in your web page.
         Being this the case and in need of reparation and satisfaction
since the sole email is not sufficient for me, I demand, as it is
customary, that you post in the same web page a proper note of apology,
next to your call for the Statement regarding President Chavez seminar.
Only a gesture like the one requested, that reaches the public that saw
your slanderous statement against my person, could be considered by myself,
sufficient and compensatory to clear my name of any misconception about my
academic qualifications and personal honesty regarding expressions of
beliefs that your statement might have produced in its readers.
         Regarding your technical excuse of confusing IP addresses for
e-mails received at your Centre, as you can imagine it is very little what
I can do to help you explain the blunder since I am not an expert on IP
networking. Whenever I log into forums or send e-mails and to avoid
misunderstandings, I clearly identify myself, as you are aware I did in
dealing with your Centre. I, like very many Venezuelans, use the Internet
service provided by CANTV and I normally log from a computer on a public or
university site. Given the fact that many people in my country share public
Internet connections, you should be more careful when drawing conclusions
based upon the questionable belief that IP addresses are unique in
Venezuela. This mistake that lead you to assume that I was not whom I say I
was, is the best example of how superficially you know issues of my
country. If the factual support for your decision to invite Hugo Chavez
Frías was based upon the same type of superficial analysis shown in my
case, then no wonder that you are bound to blunder with this seminar.

  At 10/16/02 / 12:13 PM, you wrote:
>Dear Professor Requena,
>On behalf of the International Human Rights Seminar at the Centre for
>Socio-Legal Studies, I am writing to extend our sincere apologies to you
>for the offence that the statement on our www page may have caused.
>You will have noticed that the statement your complaint referred to, has
>been withdrawn from the www page and in fact this was done immediately
>after we had received your email.
>Please allow me to explain the context in which this matter has arisen:
>On Saturday, 12 October at 3.13 pm we received an email which identifies
>you as the sender. The header of this email states that this email has
>originally been sent from a computer with the IP address (that identifies
>every computer on the global internet, but see below):
>In addition this email carries the identifier ‘’
>At 4.25 pm the same day a message was posted on the discussion board of
>our www page that quotes you as the author.
>Our www server logged this message as having been sent from a computer
>with the same IP address
>The next day we received another series of messages on our discussion
>board, for which again the same IP address was logged:
>Among these is one message that was posted at 4.10pm on Sunday 13 October
>that quotes as author “Ambassador ToroHary” (same spelling) together with
>an email address that looks like (but in fact is not) the email address of
>the Venezuelan Ambassador in London.
>So then , we saw ourselves confronted with a series of different messages
>from different people that appeared to have all been sent from the same
>computer. In addition at least one of these people (the “ambassador”) is
>certainly not the person they are claiming to be, with several more
>writing as “anonymous”.
>Please understand that given these data we had no choice but to doubt the
>true identity of any of these people writing to us, but we appreciate that
>in your case we were wrong.
>I am aware that in cases were people use their home computers to log into
>an account they have with an internet provider, they may get issued with a
>temporary IP address. For a large provider (which I guess is the case for
>CANTV), however, it seems rather unlikely (but not impossible of course)
>that several people should get issued with one and the same IP address,
>especially in the time frame within which we received the postings.
>We shall be extremely grateful if you could provide us with any more
>information that could help to resolve this confusion regarding the origin
>of these particular messages and emails.
>Again we hope you accept our apology.
>Yours sincerely,
>Ranty Islam [Mr]


                               Jaime Requena, Sc.D.
                                  Académico y Profesor Titular

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