Slander is a form of defamation where there are
legal claims for false statements of fact about a person that: 1) harms the reputation of the
other person, 2) those hearing or reading the statement must identify it specifically with
the plaintiff, and 3) that must be a false statement of fact.
Below we list and provide documentary evidence of
fraud and defamation by Craig Hassipakis against Dr. Robert Browne in concert with the
establishment of a high jacking of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Perjury as another reflection of
Craig's malicious and illegal behaviour where he represents a non-existent "ARC community" as
the complainant on an illicit Digital Millennium Copyright, and for further information
see Craig Hassipakis Defamation Slander and Craig Hassipakis
judicial perjury and Internet
The documents below list an insidious campaign
by Craig to pervert the conservation community, undermine the science profession and its
publication process, and attack conservation and sustainability projects at a time
critical to both the survival of biodiversity and humanity.
science degree in Zoology that he took 8 years to complete. Unknown employment history except
for working at Hooter's a food establishment before the ARC Journal was
formed in 2013. Craig probably has a history of bankruptcy, after the failure of the paper ARC
leaving considerable debts, even though he obtained moneys from many institutions and individuals -
Fraud ; when requested by Dr. Browne to set up and
NGO in the USA for the ARC journal Craig would not do so and the ARC was a partnership at the time
of Craig's journal highjacking.
Dr. Robert Browne
Browne after recognising the crisis in conservation, at 43 years of age excelled in a
highly competitive aquaculture honours program, gaining the Deans Role of Excellence for
two years, and awards for the best first and final years
Robert was then offered two PhD scholarships and chose the one in
conservation biology. Since then Robert has worked tirelessly for amphibian and reptile
Realizing the fundamental causes of the conservation crisis come from
communities disengagement with nature being reflected in political apathy, Robert
then took on a pioneering Sustainability Project to create community based sustainability in
a highly biodiverse country, Belize.
while completing this difficult task, and working for the ARC journal as International
Chair, Robert continues to write definitive articles an amphibian conservation, work
with projects in Iran, the USA, and China for some of the worlds most endangered amphibians,
and develop the ARC journal as a community based global enterprise. see resume
Notice of policy of releasing these email
Because of Craig Hassipakis's
ongoing activities we, in the public interest, have decided to release email strings. We note
that gmails can be forged, gmails addresses and passwords can be high jacked, and gmails can be
sent simply through persons accessing gmails on active computers. However, at the readers
consideration of email validity in respect to multiple parties in gmail strings, and consistency of
language, style, and flow, we only place genuine email strings on our posts.
In contrast to Craig Hassipakis, where he publishes
unsubstantiated claims, and possibly forged emails, we are happy to provide further
documentary evidence for any of our claims and do so on this page.
Craig Hassipakis and his supporters begin
their fraudulent, perjurious, and defamatory acts against the ARC journal and
The activities listed below have simply been a
smokescreen by Craig Hassipakis to illicitly take ownership of the ARC. Every instance of Craig's
claims against the ARC is built on lies and deception.
Craig had a long history of fraud using the
ARC previous to Robert's management as a means to defraud publishers, and subscribing
institutions and the public of moneys. see Internet
fraudulent campaign to claim ownership of the ARC began with a claim of the omission of Elnaz Najafi Majd as
co-author on the article authors by Omar
To make this "official" on a second party
website Craig Hassipakis had his friend Breck Bartholomew illicitly retracted the paper on his Zen
Zen Scientist PDF for
the retraction of Omar Al-Shiekhly article. This PDF as
used by Craig Hassipakis as evidence for his fraud did not have
the full email string and omitted Omar Al-Shiekhly's
email proving that Craig's Claims were fabricated and false. Craig's
deception and lies.
We provide the
PDF of the full email string including Omar Al-Shiekhly's main email.
In a further emails 22nd August 2013 "Elnaz Najafi-Majd accompanied Omar Al-Sheikhly as a guest to
survey locations of Neurergus newts in Sulaimaniya Province in Iraq in May 2012. Omar Al-Sheikhly
generously and trustfully arranged the survey both financially and logistically to include Elnaz
Najafi-Majd and her father, with contribution by Nature Iraq." The sites visited were
previously known by Omar Al-Sheikhly and therefore his copyright.
interesting to note in the email by
Craig PDF "This has caused a disturbance and crisis
within the Iranian herpetology community" when the article concerned a report from Iraq,
the primary author was from Iraq, and Elnaz Najafi
Majd was from Turkey. More deception from
above note was the beginning of an attack, ongoing to the present, by Craig
Hassipakis on our major and very successful amphibian and reptile conservation projects in Iran and
Hassipakis as an editor, not publisher as he claimed, fabricates a fraudulent and illicit
vote to take ownership of the ARC journal.
At the time of
Craig's attempt to take ownership of the ARC it was functioning as a partnership. There was an
advisory board but no company with a board, as Craig's
Under partnership law unless there is formal agreement
partners have equal shares of the partnership. If the partnership is dissolved all
properties of the partnership are open to public sale. Within the partnership
Robert was publisher and business manager, Craig Hassipakis was an
Craig Hassipakis dissolved the partnership and Dr.
Browne in consideration of his half share, moneys owed to the partnership by
Craig, and the contributions of authors and volunteers continued the ARC on its original
and genuine website www.redlist-arc.org as a
community owned and based organisation.
Craig Hassipakis then conducted a malicious
campaign against the ARC and its members to gain full control and ownership of the
This campaign has extended to public behaviour by Craig
that is a threat to civil society generally, and particularly to the sustainable management
of amphibians and reptiles.
sent an email PDF in this full
string illicitly and fraudulently dissociating Dr. Robert Browne from the
Note that in the
email salutation Craig claims to be Publisher. Another of Craig's
The position of
Dr. Robert Browne as Publisher from the Sustainability America address is clearly shown in the
inside cover of the last publication PDF by the ARC before Craig
Hassipakis began his fraudulent claims. Another of Craig's
illicitly dissolves non-existent ARC Corporation
To support his fraudulent vote (above) Craig then
fabricates an email 31st July 2013 at 3.30PM, illicitly dissolving a non-existent ARC
"Votes are formally being decided as of this date
if ARC activities should or will be continued under the current situation (aka as functioning
as a corporation in Belize with Robert Browne, Craig Hassipakis, and Howard Clark). All
principles herein please cast your vote by carbon copying via email all principles your
respective decision (Yes or No)."
There was no ARC corporation and even if there was a
corporation cannot be dissolved simply by a vote of the board. More of
Craig's deception and
Dr. Browne replies "Why are you
sending misleading and often defamatory emails, supposedly from the ARC, to persons almost at
random. Please discontinue your erratic behaviour. All correspondence from the ARC must be
sent via the ARC email address email@example.com "
Craig then sends an email to
James Lewis and Candace Hansen of the Amphibian Survival Alliance as;
Craig Hassipakis's, Editor and Publisher, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation. More of Craig's deception and lies.
about Al-Shiekhly et al, 2013, are false. Craig
Hassipakis then follows an attack by Elnaz Najafi Majd on Dr. Browne accusing him of editing an article he is co-author on as
Majd was coached and in collusion with Craig. In fact Craig's public notices were sent
before Al-Shiekhly et al. was given a chance to respond to any
Elnaz Najafi Majd
August 20th 2013 "Furthermore, it is professional misconduct and a conflict of interest
that the editor of a journal involves himself in the submission of papers to the journal for
which he has self-appointed him the responsibility of editing and peer-reviewing a paper for
which he is an author on the paper in question!!!"
Dr. Browne to an ARC advisory board member
October 23rd 2013 PDF ARC controversy "Another claim by Craig of my (Dr. Browne's) “very
serious ethics violations”, again in Craig’s view leading to him taking possession of my part
ownership in the ARC, concerned the editorial procedure to produce the article. The above
mentioned PhD students expressed very similarly expressed concerns as well, and in this she
was obviously coached by Craig. The article was a simple report of new locations for a
species, with no statistical data, and no scientific hypothesis. This claim was particularly
peculiar as the editorial procedure was followed as appropriate for such articles as stated
on the ARC guide for authors, and Craig himself was senior editor of the
"Another issue is the misleading and
fraudulent Craig’s use of the term ARC board. In his thinly disguised attempt to negate all
previous obligations, volunteers work, and management of the ARC and take over the journal as
“owner, publisher, and editor” Craig claimed that I had been voted off the ARC (whatever that
means as I were a partner) by the “board/panel”. The board in this case was Craig and the
layout guy and had no legal or official status, but clearly uninformed parties would consider
it the ARC Advisory Board. To my knowledge although I repeatedly asked, the ARC Advisory
Board has never been consulted on anything and was, to Craig, simply another sham to support
his fraudulent goals."
Dr. Browne refuses to comply to Craig
Hassipakis's threats, lies and deception and tries to responsibly manage the ARC
PDF Cease and Desist Order August 5th
In this email
Craig continues with his false claim to a fictitious and fabricated board, but admits at least 45%
ownership by Dr. Robert Browne of the ARC journal. In fact as a partnership Dr. Browne owned 50%.
There was never any formal arrangement with Howard Clark as the layout guy. However, if
volunteers were to be given ownership rights why not give the ownership of the ARC to all
Considering Dr. Browne's 50% ownership, Craig owing considerable moneys to
Dr. Browne, and the increasingly erratic behaviour of Craig, in default Dr. Browne gave
ownership rights of the ARC to its contributing community. see Internet Fraud and ARC Home
Browne to Craig - "All official ARC emails must now be
sent or received through the ARC gmail address firstname.lastname@example.org There
have been many clearly defamatory, inaccurate, or abusive emails sent as representative of the ARC.
It is my responsibility as Internet manager, and business manager, to prevent this occurring. I
need to check all official emails from the ARC for defamatory, inaccurate, or abusive content,
before replying of forwarding. If emails need revision they will be sent back to the sender for
correction. I am quite happy to this through a third independent party if you
Craig Hassipakis tries to buy out Dr. Browne clearly admitting
Dr. Browne's ownership of the ARC PDF Retraction of paper
Craig Hassipakis August 9th. "How much are you asking for me to buy you
out completely (not including Howard)?" "What are you presently asking from me so I can
get my journal 100% back?"
Robert Browne Aug 12th 2013
"From my standpoint, the first step in any reconciliation
is for you to formally, through an email with a letter attached, apologise for the defamatory
emails you sent concerning
Robert Browne Aug 12th 2013
You were not publisher of
the ARC, I and the website were and are. You owe money to the ARC for the website that have
consistently not been paid when
Craig Hassipakis August
9th."Again for the ninth time, what are you asking for your contribution to ARC
since you have been involved?"
Browne "I could not sell you my share of the ARC without a
certainty that it will be run responsibly."
Craig threatens to publish a paper primarily authored by Dr. Browne without
copyright permission and without authors approval
Craig Hassipakis as editor "We will also publish
the Part B cryptobranchid paper as is if no changes are submitted to us this week."
Craig threatens further
defamation through blackmail
if Dr Browne does not comply to Craig's demands refer to Retraction of paper PDF
From Craig Hassipakis -
"OFFICIAL NOTICE - Official notices will be posted and distributed through herpetological
publications (FrogLog, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, and others) online and in print
of .... your unethical behaviors and involvement as
editor of the paper (major conflict of interests), unwillingness to retract the paper from the ARC website, and unauthorized and illegal activities running an official ARC website in
"If this is not done immediately official notices
will start again and in addition to the notice above from the publishing headquarters of ARC
to the herpetological community of its official retraction of the paper and your refusal to
take it off the ARC website. ARC does not support plagiarism and any conflicts of interest
within its editorial board."
Craig attacks and undermines a major
sustainability project in Belize
Details of this
particularly repulsive and vindictive act see Craig_Hassipakis_Defamation_Slander
Aug 19, 2013. More blackmail threats of defamation against Dr.
"We have many things to work through if you want to remain a somewhat reputable person in the field of
science but you continue to show your true character by
your unethical and illegal activities toward a journal you have had little
involvement and professional efforts toward creating. Pull your head
out of your rectum and realize what you are doing to your
Do you think this is going to gain you respect
once the entire scientific community is aware of your
behaviors as a previous editor for ARC? Most people don't even know who you are
but they will and it will not be good if you continue to be
uncooperative ... "
Dr. Browne as a responsible
manager and in the interests of the ARC journal, its volunteers, and authors, attempts to
conciliate. "So lets put our
differences aside and continue the great work and tradition of the ARC, by following our
previous, and clearly stated commitments."
this and continues with his campaign of blackmail
perjurious, and defamatory acts against the ARC journal and its staff and volunteers to the
September 1st 2013. "My patience will not last forever so I would take advantage of this
opportunity before things get very bad for you and your reputation
continues to decline further than it already
And so Craig
goes ahead to the present with his highjacker ARC journal, with a boat full of
supporters, floating on a sea of lies, deception, and
Scholarly Open Access
Below is Craig Hassipakis's public deception clearly exposed by an
increasing cascade of lies and defamation when his malicious plans are
Craig's increasingly arrogant, defamatory, and clearly false statements are
somewhat summarised on this public website - Scholarly Open
Scholarly Open Access website is devoted to assessing the credibility of journals. Craig
Hassipakis contacted this site about blacklisting our original and genuine ARC journal if
favour of his fraudulent one. The sites manager wisely disregarded Craig's
are two particularly repulsive and vindictive posts by Craig on this site, that
Dr. Browne is committing illegal
activities by standing up against Craig's lies, deception and
defamation, and attacks Dr. Robert Browne's professional integrity and
employment history, and on very successful amphibian and reptile conservation programs in
Iran and Iraq co-managed by Dr. Browne.
attacks on our Iranian program began with some of Craig's first emails, and now have extended
to an inappropriate listing of our original and genuine ARC journal by some Iranian
authorities. We were provided no opportunity to contest this
listing was pushed through by an Iranian academic with an axe to grind. He was taken off
grant moneys by Dr. Browne due to poor management and defamatory claims against another
academic that had replaced him as department
On this site the arguments proposed
by Craig's supporters, and our powerful refutations, make is quite clear what is the
character of Craig Hassipakis.
The number of thumbs up for Craig
and his supporters defamatory and malicious post indicates a serious weakness of character
and an inability to differentiate between the truth and lies in these