The majority owner of a 70-story tower out of which the Trump International Hotel operates has gone to court to evict the Trump Organization from the tower, and over a dozen police officers showed up Monday to forcefully carry out the eviction.
According to ABC News, this represented the third visit by law enforcement to the building in less than a week’s time. They were also joined by Panamanian court officials.
Orestes Fintiklis, who has filed suit in both the U.S. and Panama, alleged that “gross incompetence” on the part of the Trump Organization was hurting the tower’s overall business.
“Deficient sales organization stands in the way of [the] owner making any profit on its investment, all the while lining the [Trump Organization’s] pockets,” the court filing reads.
“I am the owner,” he declared during this latest altercation between police and Trump employees. “Love and peace!”
And now, per the AP, the Trump Organization has been ousted:
BREAKING: President Donald Trump's family hotel business ousted from luxury hotel offices in Panama amid business dispute.
“Rather than abide by the clear terms of the agreement he had signed, Mr. Fintiklis had been conspiring with others to remove Trump Hotels as manager and fire most, if not all, of its loyal and dedicated employees,” the Trump Organization said in a statement. “Looking back, it is now apparent that Mr. Fintiklis, in flagrant violation of the commitments he had made, never had any intention of keeping his word and had been plotting a takeover and termination of Trump Hotels all along.”
“When that effort failed, [Mr. Fintiklis and his associates] resorted to thug-like, mob style tactics, repeatedly attempting to force their way into Trump Hotels’ offices, infiltrate and disrupt its computer systems and threatening and intimidating any employee of the Hotel that resisted.”