Questions and Answers

Please click on each question to read the answer. Unless otherwise stated, all page references refer to Taming the Tiger.

1. Is “Tony Anthony” a real person, and is “Tony Anthony” his real name? Has anyone verified Tony Anthony’s identity and genealogy details? Has Tony Anthony changed his name to conceal a crime? Why would Tony Anthony have had a Chinese given name as a child?

“Tony Anthony” is a real person and “Tony Anthony” is his real name.  The name given to him at birth was “Andonis Andreou Athanasiou” and this was changed on 28th May 1975 when Tony was almost 3 years and 10 months old to “Andonis Andreou Anthony”. A point to note: It is not unusual for a person to have a first name on their birth certificate and also be known to family and friends by another name.  My name is Ian.  All my friends and family know me as Ian.  The name on my birth certificate is John.  Similarly, my siblings all have/had other names they are/were known by which are significantly different from the first names appearing on their birth certificates. Tony’s wedding certificate records him as being Tony Anthony and his passport records him as being Andonis Anthony.  Both are legal documents. Click to view a scan of:

Tony’s family, friends and associates all know him as ‘Tony’ – the English name he has used for all of his life. Click to view a scan of:

During one of his longest visits home from China, because of his oriental appearance as a child, Tony was put forward for a short time as one of the royal children in the stage performance of “The King and I” (starring Yul Brynner).  His name on the programme is recorded as “Tony Anthony”. Click to view a scan of:

In addition to this information David Hartley West, a director of Avanti Ministries Ltd, produced an Affidavit verifying Tony’s family ethnicity and genealogy, as referred to in Taming The Tiger. Click to view a scan of:

Tony Anthony has not changed his name to conceal a crime. Tony also has a Chinese given name. When asked about the significance of being given a Chinese name, Tony provided the information below, explaining why he was given his Chinese name. “The names of Chinese people represent their own tradition and characteristics.  Unlike people in the West, the family name in China comes first, followed by the given name. Chinese names are meant to convey special meaning, with the given names often expressing the best of wishes on the new-born.  Some imply the birthplace, birth time or natural phenomenon, like Jing (Beijing), Chen (morning), Dong (winter) and Xue (snow); Some embody the hope of virtue, like Zhong (faithful), Yi (righteous), Li (courteous) and Xin (reliable) while others express the wishes of life, like Jian (health), Shou (longevity), and Fu (happiness). Many Chinese people have Western first names and if they live or are born in the West, chances are, they automatically have their Western first name stamped on their birth certificates. One common reason for Chinese people to have Western first names is that it is easier for Westerners to pronounce their names.  For me, it was the complete opposite situation, as I travelled from West to East as a child, where it was harder for people in China to pronounce my name.  This was one of the reasons I had a Chinese given name.” Due to security and confidentiality, Tony will not be disclosing his Chinese given name. Further information on Chinese names can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_name

2. Is “Taming the Tiger” a true story or is it built only on the foundation of his word with absolutely no concrete evidence to support it?

It is my firm belief Taming the Tiger is a true story and that there is sufficient concrete evidence to support it. Some aspects relating to the finer details in the book have been changed to protect the identity of individuals and/or groups referred to. A clear disclaimer stating: “Some scenes within the manuscript have been dramatised with authentic, though not necessarily actual dialogue, and to protect the author and his family, and the rights of those whose paths he has crossed – some of the names, places, and details of the events have been altered.” appears in more recent editions of Taming The Tiger, as is common practice in publishing similar literature. Before Taming the Tiger, Tony had no experience in writing.  He has no qualifications in writing nor does he have an ‘O’ level or ‘A’ level (or equivalent) in English.  When he was asked to put his life story and testimony onto paper, he was completely reliant on the guidance given by his publisher (Authentic Media) and appointed ghost writer (Angela Little).  Unfortunately, the need for highlighting that names of people and places were changed etc was not discussed/explained and an appropriate disclaimer was therefore omitted in earlier editions of the book. Ghost writing is skilled and involved.  Robin Lloyd-Jones (award-winning writer of novels, short stories, non-fiction books and radio drama) was contacted to seek guidance on the opinion that Taming the Tiger is not a true story.  He has a copy of the book and encouraged us to make available an article he published in December 2013, which explains ghost writing. Click to view:

From the testimonies, documents and witnesses referred to in these questions it is clear there is much external evidence to support the story of Taming the Tiger. Due to the nature of Tony’s life journey and events, there are areas that would be at best unwise to disclose to the general public.

3. Was “Tony Anthony” really a 3-Time Kung Fu World Champion?

I can confirm I have seen old photographs of Tony using complex Kung Fu stances.  In addition to this, I have included a link to video footage taken when Tony revisited one of his Kung Fu students at the gym in which he taught him.  The school through which Tony taught used this gym, which looked very different at that time. His student is now a Kung Fu instructor with a different school of Kung Fu.  Tony’s former student and one of his students can be seen in video footage below where they demonstrate Kung Fu moves whilst Tony talks about what they are doing and his experience in learning Kung Fu. From my personal knowledge of Tony, I have no cause to disbelieve what he has told me. (please see my conclusion at the end of these questions and answers). Click to view:

Due to the criminal nature of the work Tony was involved in, Tony cannot disclose his Chinese given name which he used in his work and when entering competitions in South East Asia. (see question 1) While Tony’s Kung-Fu World Title is questioned by some, no evidence has been shown of anyone else holding the title from 1987 to 1989.  While Tony is not in a position to provide his Chinese given name (to maintain security and confidentiality), there has been no alternative name given to disprove Tony’s title claim.

4. Is it true: a)-Tony Anthony went to Nicosia Central Prison in Cyprus b)-Tony Anthony was incarcerated in Cyprus in December 1989 aged 18 years and 5 months c)-Tony Anthony worked within the criminal ‘underworld’?

Tony went to Nicosia Central Prison in Cyprus in December 1990 aged 19 years and 5 months.  There is a typing error in Taming The Tiger (see page 121) click to view:

Yes, Tony was involved in serious crime, which is what led to his incarceration in Nicosia Central Prison, Cyprus.

A note from Tony regarding the length of time he served in Nicosia Central Prison: I have referred to the length of time I was incarcerated in Nicosia as being 3 years and have done so since I was released and deported to England.  My sentence was for 2½ years with an additional 3 months imprisonment prior to the sentence being passed.  I was released in November 1992 (my full sentence was up to May 1993).  As I created my time-line, I noted my incarceration was for over 2 years and I want to apologise for the error I have made in my testimony relating to this.

5. Is the IKFF a real organization?

The organisation Tony worked for is represented by the name IKFF, created to use in Taming The Tiger.  This is covered by the disclaimer which appears in later editions of the book.

6. Is Michael Wright a real person or was he made up to embellish Tony Anthony's story?

YesMichael Wright is a real person who still lives in Cyprus as a full-time missionary and he first met Tony in Nicosia Central Prison.  I have enjoyed talking to Michael directly. Click to view photographs of :

7. The claim that Michael Wright was a stranger appears to be inconsistent with what Tony Anthony shares with his live audiences. On page 110 of “Taming the Tiger” Tony Anthony says that he had already heard of Mr Wright prior to his imprisonment from members of a church group who told him: “You must come round and meet Michael Wright… He’s from Northern Ireland but he lives here now. You two would really get on.” Then on page 135 of “Taming the Tiger” a fellow prisoner called Andy says he should get in touch with Wright. Why does Tony Anthony so frequently say that he got an unsolicited letter from a stranger who had seen his picture in the newspaper and wanted to say “hello”?

It is clear from Michael’s letter, from my discussion with Michael and from other video interviews, currently in the public domain that Michael did not meet Tony before he was incarcerated in Nicosia Central Prison. Click to view:

8. Tony Anthony was not raised by his grandfather in China, because his grandfather died before Tony Anthony was born. How do you explain this?

Speaking from my own family experience, I have close friends my son and daughter refer to as ‘uncle’ and ‘aunt’.  While my son and daughter are now adults, they continue to refer to these people in this way, though they now understand there is no biological connection with these ‘uncles’ and ‘aunts’.  I myself am referred to as ‘Papa’ by children of a close friend of my son.  When they were really small, they did not question the fact they had 3 ‘grandfathers’. Small children will use the names they have been taught in their reference to people.  Tony was introduced to Cheung Ling Soo (Lowsi) (see page 19) as his grandfather.  It is completely reasonable to conclude as a 4 year old, he would have had no cause to doubt this information.  Our understanding of the people who make up our families is generally based on the information given to us.

9. It has been said that “Globe-trotting evangelist, Tony Anthony and his wife Sara tour the world together”. Is this true?

No, this is not true.  Sara has accompanied Tony on a few UK based ‘trips’ and 3 overseas missions.  As a working mother, Sara’s time is spent caring for the needs of her sons.  She is a primary school teacher and works on an almost full-time capacity, looking after their family and their home when Tony is fulfilling his speaking/teaching/preaching engagements.  ‘Globe-trotting’ has an inference that Tony travels the world for pleasure.  Tony’s previous PA and administrators testify to his rigorous practice of booking flights as close as possible to the first and last meetings scheduled.  In addition, he expressly asks those arranging his itinerary to fill it with as many ministry engagements as they can.  He requests that no sight-seeing trips are planned. click to view scans of:

Many of Tony’s annual missions take him to some of the poorest countries in the world. click to view scans of photographs from recent missions:

Tony almost always travels with a colleague to promote working in partnership for the Gospel and for accountability purposes. If Tony is away from Sara and his boys, it is for the express purpose to ‘further the Gospel of Jesus Christ’.

10. Has Tony Anthony’s wife and children left him?

No.  I have enjoyed talking to Sara who clearly loves her husband and supports his ministry. click to view scans of:

11. Tony Anthony has sold so many books that he is now a millionaire, living in a privately owned home with a luxurious swimming pool in his back garden. Is this true?

NoTony has sold hundreds of thousands of books.  Many of these have been purchased (royalty free) by Avanti Ministries Ltd and Tony himself to give away as tools of evangelism.  The royalties due to Tony from the sales have most often been invested in purchasing further evangelistic literature, without any personal financial gain. The financial beneficiaries of Taming the Tiger were its publisher, “Authentic Media”. click to view scans of:

The home Tony, Sara and their boys live in is a privately rented 2 bedroom house near Southend-on-Sea in Essex, UK.  There is no swimming pool, nor is it luxurious. click to view:

12. What happened to Tony Anthony’s mum and dad?

Tony’s father died on 29 September 2011. As far as Tony is aware, his mother is living.  He is currently unaware of where she is living. Tony had had no contact with his parents.  A friend of Tony’s mother found his contact details through his Facebook page and contacted the then office of Avanti Ministries Ltd to inform him of his father’s death.  A member of his team passed the information on to his wife who arranged for the information to be passed on to Tony (on a mission at the time). As Tony’s mother didn’t have any church connections, Tony volunteered to take the service. Click to view scans of:

I have chatted at length to Sara Anthony about the contact the family have with Tony’s mother.  She told me that following his extradition from Cyprus, Tony had no contact details for his parents as they had moved.  His parents did not attend their wedding. Sara explained Tony eventually learned by “chance” where they were living and he arranged to take Sara to visit them.  She noted this was a very strained visit. When Ethan was a babe in arms, Tony and Sara made an impromptu visit to give Tony’s parents the opportunity of meeting their grandson.  She indicated this was also a very strained and challenging visit.  This is the only time Tony’s mother has seen Ethan and she has never met Jacob. Sara added while Tony clearly found renewing contact with his parents emotionally challenging, he has worked hard at trying to build a relationship with them. To date (11 February 2014) the last contact Tony had with his mother was by telephone in June 2013.  Sara shared that his mother suddenly and abruptly brought that telephone conversation to an end and has not made any contact since then.  Tony’s mum has the family home address and telephone numbers and is aware that she has 2 grandsons.  This highlights that the relationship between Tony and his mum is very much broken.

12. What happened to Tony Anthony’s mum and dad?

Tony’s father died on 29 September 2011. As far as Tony is aware, his mother is living.  He is currently unaware of where she is living. Tony had had no contact with his parents.  A friend of Tony’s mother found his contact details through his Facebook page and contacted the then office of Avanti Ministries Ltd to inform him of his father’s death.  A member of his team passed the information on to his wife who arranged for the information to be passed on to Tony (on a mission at the time). As Tony’s mother didn’t have any church connections, Tony volunteered to take the service. Click to view scans of:

I have chatted at length to Sara Anthony about the contact the family have with Tony’s mother.  She told me that following his extradition from Cyprus, Tony had no contact details for his parents as they had moved.  His parents did not attend their wedding. Sara explained Tony eventually learned by “chance” where they were living and he arranged to take Sara to visit them.  She noted this was a very strained visit. When Ethan was a babe in arms, Tony and Sara made an impromptu visit to give Tony’s parents the opportunity of meeting their grandson.  She indicated this was also a very strained and challenging visit.  This is the only time Tony’s mother has seen Ethan and she has never met Jacob. Sara added while Tony clearly found renewing contact with his parents emotionally challenging, he has worked hard at trying to build a relationship with them. To date (13 August 2015) the last contact Tony had with his mother was by telephone in June 2013.  Sara shared that his mother suddenly and abruptly brought that telephone conversation to an end and has not made any contact since then.  Tony’s mum has their telephone numbers and is aware that she has 2 grandsons.  This highlights that the relationship between Tony and his mum is very much broken.

13. Does Tony Anthony really have a Chinese mother, because he does not look very Chinese?

YesAn Affidavit by David Hartley West and photographs verify Tony’s mother is Chinese. click to view scans of:

14. Tony Anthony’s father/dad: a)-Is not Italian, but Greek Cypriot. b)-Is not Italian, but is in actual fact from Cyprus. Are these statements true?

No.  Tony’s father was not a Greek Cypriot.  While his father was born in Cyprus (as seen in Tony’s birth certificate), Tony’s paternal grandfather was Maronite, and his paternal grandmother was Italian. In Tony’s recollection, his father referred to himself as being Italian as the Maronite community in Cyprus do not consider themselves to be Cypriot or Greek Cypriot. The Maronite community are a recognised religious minority on Cyprus and the community have a formally elected ‘person’ who sits in the House of Representatives to voice their interests.  As I have previously said, they do not consider themselves to be Greek Cypriot. Although Athanasiou is a common Greek Cypriot name, as stated Tony’s father was not Greek Cypriot by origin of nationality and the family religion (Catholicism) further verifies this.  Greek Orthodox is the predominant religion amongst the Greek Cypriot population.  Catholicism is the indigenous religion to Italian and Maronite religious communities which share the same doctrine whilst retaining their own liturgy and following his demise, Tony’s father’s funeral took place in a cemetery chapel – not in a Greek Orthodox church.  Click the link below for more information on the Maronite community in Cyprus:

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15. Tony Anthony has committed plagiarism in his books copying whole sections from people such as Bruce Lee and Julian Batchelor. Is this true?

No, this is not true.

The book ‘Passion’ clearly acknowledges original sources from which quotations are made.  If Tony had plagiarised sections of Bruce Lee’s autobiography I can only assume with all the publicity Taming The Tiger has received (positive and negative) the author would have taken action against Tony. Click to view scans of:

16. Does Tony Anthony have scars on his arms which would fit with his account of carrying the hot cauldron in Taming The Tiger?

“Yes, Tony does have scars on his arms.  My daughter (a former staff nurse) and I had the opportunity to examine Tony’s arms.  The scars are unusual in their distribution and are in keeping with the cauldron description in Taming the Tiger (See page 57).  In addition to this, Tony has a Doctors certificate clearly stating he suffered second degree burns to both of his forearms when he was teenager.  The scars on his arms are old and are faded. click the link to see a scan of:

17. Are there White Tigers in China?

Websites such as www.tigerhomes.org/cam/white_tiger.cfm and www.ehow.co.uk/info_8418914_type-environment-white-tiger-live.html#page=0 indicate there are/have been tigers in China.  From what I have read, there have been sightings of white tigers in Southern China.  My understanding is that the numbers of wild tigers in South China seem to be in severe decline.

18. How was Tony Anthony able to get across to China as a child during the Cultural Revolution and why was this not mentioned in the book?

There wasn’t a state of turmoil in China in the mid-1970s.  The country had joined the United Nations in 1971 and was visited in 1972 by the then President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon. A small/young child is very unlikely to have a focus ‘outside’ their own world.  It is most likely Tony would have enough to contend with following his shock at being taken from England to China by strangers.  The politics of the countries he had lived in at such a young age would be of little or no consequence to him. Despite the sophisticated security measures in the modern world today, what is now referred to as “human trafficking” across country borders remains an elusive issue which is actively pursued by government authorities.  Over 35 years ago, when Tony was a child, border security measures were not as robust.  This would have made it easier for the adults who were responsible for transporting him to get him in and out of China.

19. Can Tony Anthony speak Chinese, as he failed to read some Chinese script that was presented to him?

YesI have heard him speak Chinese.  On the spur of the moment, my daughter and I asked him to speak to us in Chinese, without giving him any prior warning or prompting. Though Tony told me it wasn’t very fluent, it was spoken quickly, smoothly and with the high throaty inflections and sounds I hear from people whose native tongue is Chinese.  If I hadn’t watched him speak I would have assumed I was listening to a Chinese person speaking. Tony shared that much of his time in China was spent training in Kung – Fu (6-8 hours a day).  It is understandable he will not have retained exhaustive knowledge of the thousands of complex characters, which comprise the written language. References have backed up that he has communicated more than adequately when giving basic greetings to Chinese communities in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and in Hong Kong. Click here to view a scan of:

Tony mentioned writing calligraphy nameplates in prison.  It seems this has been widely taken to mean he created artistry using Chinese characters and symbols.  He was taught how to write/draw Chinese calligraphy as a child (see page 35) and he has used some of this in his public presentations.  Tony told me the calligraphy he used in Nicosia Central Prison was Western and Roman script (see page 133). click here to view a scan of:

  • 2 examples of his artistic work Barbara Coleman - Ps 46-10 Albert Coleman - Ps 8-9

Finally, it is over 30 years since Tony lived in China.  It is clear his primary purpose for being there was to learn and develop in Kung Fu.  Literary education was not the main feature of his days.  I do find it reasonable when he says he has forgotten the meanings of many of the characters he saw and used when he was in the country.  I have found from my own experience that people have a tendency to forget lessons taught at school if the information given is not used on a regular basis eg mathematical equations/formulae and languages.

20. One query makes reference to page 27 of “Taming the Tiger” to point out that Tony Anthony can apparently understand what the boys from Shanghai are saying even though Mandarin is spoken in Shanghai, and yet Tony Anthony claims to speak Cantonese. How is this?

We asked Tony to explain this to me and he shared the following: In the 1970’s, Shanghainese was the language generally used in Shanghai.  Mandarin became more dominant in the 1990’s when the use of Shanghainese was discouraged in schools. He recorded that the boys from Shanghai seemed to visit the family in Canton frequently, “In the coming years, the Shanghai boys were careful to stay away from me” (see page 28).  When they came to visit their family in Canton, the language they used was Cantonese.  The family elders, like the man Tony refers to as ‘Grandfather’, only used Cantonese and demanded every member of their family address them in that language. Rather than Mandarin, the boys used Cantonese when they came to the village; the language with which Tony was gaining familiarity.

21. What were the locations in China where Tony Anthony trained in Kung Fu and the association or associations which awarded him his martial arts awards?

I asked Tony to explain this to me and this is what he said: “I trained primarily in the place near to where I was raised in Huizhou in the Guangdong province near to the Luofu Mountains of Southern China. In “Taming the Tiger” we state that the organisation I worked with was called the International Kung Fu Federation” (IKFF).  The actual name has been changed to protect the identity of those involved.  It is worth noting the organisation is not the sort that advertises itself on Social Media platforms or via the world wide web. Secrets are very rarely uncovered using internet searches, particularly when trying to unearth what are more or less secret societies and highly illegal, closed-door fighting competitions.  Most of the competitions were “underground” to the non-Kung Fu elites.  It is my understanding the organisation, would most likely wish to remain as ‘hidden’ as possible.”

22. How can Tony Anthony have done so much in such a short space of time? It is just impossible for anyone to go through so much in their life. Tony Anthony is only in his early forties, so how can any of his stories be true?"

Tony has shown timelines of his life which clearly map out the significant events when they took place.  It would appear that on reading Taming The Tiger, some people have interpreted it to mean each event ran one after the other.  Tony’s Timeline demonstrates that many of the events referred to ran concurrently. Click to view a scan of:

Tony is a man who works hard and has notable stamina.  Those who work closely with him testify of his ability to cram an unusual and significantly large amount of work into his day/week/year and into his planned itineraries.  Those who work alongside him share they find his energy amazing.  This ability, strength and endurance is in keeping with the pace of life Tony records in Taming the Tiger.

23. Tony Anthony actually had a happy childhood and was not raised in China. It has already been proven that he went to school in the UK. Is this true?

No.  This has not been proven.  The “opinion that Tony Anthony had a normal childhood in the London area, attending Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, Eagans Close, Market Place, East Finchley, London N2 8GA as a child, which was followed by secondary education at Christ’s College, Finchley”, and the encouragement to “simply contact the school or have this confirmed by Tony Anthony’s mother” have been freely placed in the public domain. I have seen correspondence from the Children’s Service Directorate in relation to Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School (purported as being the primary school Tony attended)  and from Christ’s College Finchley which Tony did attend in his early teenage years. The contents of these documents oppose the claim Tony was schooled for his entire life in the UK. A point to note is that Taming the Tiger does not claim that Tony grew up exclusively in China and mentions he did return to the UK on several occasions during his 8 years of living there (see page 45) click to view scans of:

24. During roughly half a decade before prison Tony Anthony was an elite bodyguard for “some of the world’s most powerful people”. Therefore, his international career would have begun in his early teens? How does that work?

Tony explained it like this: “For context, within the first 11 years of my education in Kung Fu, I underwent extensive training in:

  • Kung Fu theory
  • Hundreds of traditional Kung Fu forms

I specialised in traditional Kung Fu animal styles which included tiger, eagle, snake and leopard.  My specialism also took in Southern Fist, Southern Staff and Southern Sword.  By the age of 14, I had been given students of my own. “The success of my ‘Grandfather’s’ intensive training was what led to the Close Protection Assignments beginning when I was aged 16 years and 8 months.  The career was short, lasting around 2 years.  My appearance was not in any way intimidating which was considered to be very useful, given the various skills my ‘Grandfather’ instilled into me. “The highest possible standard of Kung Fu taught in China greatly exceeds the Kung Fu training generally offered in Western culture.  It wasn’t unusual for children to begin training in Kung Fu at an even earlier age than I did, nor was it unusual for students to engage in competitions and combat deemed to be ‘underground’. “There are ethnicities within the world which often bypass the childhood phase of a person’s upbringing and engage children in training for purposes of violent intent.  The most obvious example that comes to mind is the children trained in military combat.  The style differs from the training I underwent, but the overarching principles are very similar – rearing children to be entrenched in the preparation for fighting and protection. For further reading see:

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25. A query has been raised regarding the Saudi experience at the Le Meridien. One person says that the Le Meridien Hotel that Tony Anthony stayed at in Riyadh was not built until 2006, and offers internet links that seem to reference the intention for Le Meridien to open a new hotel in Riyadh in 2006

On page 77 of Taming the Tiger, Tony refers to residing at a hotel named ‘Le Meridian’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  On chatting with Tony, he is clear that the hotel was called ‘Le Meridien’ and apologised for the misspelling which appears in the book.  He is unsure if it was part of the well known chain or was an independent hotel which used the same name.  At the time he visited this city, it was undergoing major developments and was becoming the ‘hub’ of Saudi Arabia.  Tourism and business liaisons were growing at a significant rate and the hotel industry thrived. http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/198004/riyadh.on.the.move.htm Currently, there is no hotel of that name in Riyadh and the owners of the chain, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc plan to open their first hotel bearing that name in 2016. http://the-mea.co.uk/news/starwood-debut-le-meridien-riyadh http://www.kippreport.com/fcs/le-meridien-riyadh-to-open-in-2016/ http://www.tradearabia.com/news/TTN_238837.html The ownership of Le Meridien hotels has changed on several occasions.  And in the early 2000s it faced significant financial difficulty. http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Operator/33980 From the available and often scant online documentation it is clear several hotels have been sold and have changed name.  The hotel referred to in Taming the Tiger may have been one of the ones sold during this time (such as the one in Bahrain). http://www.theamblerfamily.com/2000.html (see the section, “Autumn 2000”). Screenshot from website – renaming of Le Meridien Hotel

26. A query has been raised regarding the Saudi experience and “Hostile Takeover”. It has been suggested that the premise for this trip to Riyadh was clearly false, since Hostile takeovers began to take place in the 1970s and 1980s, yet were still rare in London and New York. The Saudi stock market was not even in existence in the early 1980s (link given). The Saudi stock market only opened to foreigners in 2011 (link given).

Taming the Tiger does not record the companies in question as being in Saudi Arabia. When asked about this, Tony explained the target company was in another country where the ‘Fahali’ brothers had extensive investments.  His client’s business partners’ headquarters were in Riyadh (see page 77).  It was a common business practice for wealthy business people to travel to their associates’ country/countries of origin to discuss any disputes arising.  The nature and the place of these disputes did not necessarily relate to any immediate geographical connection with choice of meeting venue.  The wealth of the Arabian people was renowned. The 1980s was the decade which held the height of hostile takeovers and when incidence of corporate raiding abounded http://www.financierworldwide.com/article.php?id=352 There are many, many other references on the World Wide Web.

27. Some have alleged that Tony Anthony would have been 14 when he started working for the Saudi Ambassador in London. He would have been 11 or 12 when he acted as the bodyguard to the American businessman involved in a hostile takeover in Saudi Arabia, which would not have been legally possible until November 2011.

Tony’s timeline shows he was 16 years and 8 months when he operated as a bodyguard to the person he refers to as William (see page 77).  The timeline indicates he was 17 years old when he worked for the person he refers to as ‘Amin Fahed’ (see page 90) Tony was 19 years and 5 months when he began serving his Cypriot sentence in Nicosia Central Prison.  Taming The Tiger records that during his time there, inmates referred to him as a “boy” (see page 12).  Tony also states “I was still only very young” when considering an aspect of the Close Protection Work in which he was engaged (see page 71). click to view a scan of:

28. Tony Anthony claims to have worked as a bodyguard to a number of wealthy jet-setting clients before becoming “first hand man” and close protection officer to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to London, Amin Fahed. But there is no record of any Saudi Arabian diplomat called Amin Fahed. The Saudi ambassador to London at the time was Sheikh Nasser Almanqour. How do you explain this?

This can be explained by the change of a name or date that Tony made to protect the ambassador’s identity, in-line with the previously mentioned disclaimer.  As stated, names of people, places and companies have been changed to protect Tony, his family and the rights of those whose paths he has crossed.

29. Tony Anthony claims to have worked for some interesting people like the owner of the Empire state Building in Manhattan, New York. Research shows the list of past owners (i.e. the beneficial owners of the holding company) at the time when Tony Anthony was in close protection was Peter Malkin or Laurence Wien (Peter Wien's father-in-law). Which one of these men did Tony Anthony guard?

Taming the Tiger makes no reference to Tony guarding ‘the’ owner of the Empire State Building. Tony told us he has referred to working for one of the owners of the Empire State Building when publicly sharing his story. The Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York is owned by approximately 2800 stock holders/investors known as the Empire State Building Associates LLC.  These people are the sole property owners of the Empire State Building’s Master Lease. references:

30. “In 2001...I knocked a lady from her bike” This did not happen in 2001, but in 2000. Tony Anthony was convicted in 2001, 18 months later because of his persistence in perverting the course of justice. What is to be said about this?

This quotation is taken from page xiv in Tony’s book “Passion” (the date is no more than an error). Tony has also referred to the mode of transport from which he knocked the woman as being a ‘bike’ during some of his public presentations. There has been strong suggestion that his using the word ‘bike’ in reference to the accident is an attempt to make him look less ‘guilty’. According to the Chambers Dictionary, 12th Edition, in the context relating to transport the word ‘bike’ is a short form of ‘bicycle’ or ‘motorbike’. In Taming the Tiger, Tony refers to the vehicle with which he was involved in the accident as being a “Motorbike” (see pages 204, 205 and 207). I have seen no written reference to the word ‘bicycle’ or heard no verbal reference to the word ‘bicycle’ when relating to his accident, in his testimony. It is also clear from Taming the Tiger that Tony was a motorbike enthusiast (see pages 66, 97, 100, 123 and 187).  It is reasonable and conceivable a person who has an interest in motorbikes will refer to this type of vehicle as being a ‘bike’.  On page 97 he refers to police motorbikes as ‘bikes’ and on pages 100, 101 and 106 he also refers to his own motorbike as a ‘bike’.

31. Tony Anthony killed a lady in a tragic road accident, and lied to the Police. He did not show any remorse in killing the motorcyclist. If he is truly repentant, why has he not spoken about this?

Yes, Tony did kill a lady in a tragic road accident which took place “One Monday evening in early March 2000” (see page 202). Yes, Tony lied to the mechanic who repaired his car and to the policeman.  (see page 206) We have spoken at length to Tony about this.  Equally, we have had an independent and long conversation with Sara regarding this chapter of their lives.  These conversations, Tony’s public account of the accident and the quotations taken from Taming the Tiger (below) completely convince me that Tony (and Sara) felt and feel deep remorse regarding the accident and all that followed. To date, Tony refuses to regain his driving license and when asked about this he simply said, “The thought of driving makes me feel quite sick” (Monday 20 January 2014)  Given Tony’s previous passion for motorbikes, ‘nice cars’ and his wide travels, this indicates a continued and unending remorse. Sections from Taming the Tiger: “I had seen him before.  He had been at every hearing.  He was a young guy, around 18 years old, with short dark hair and sunken eyes.  He glared at me.  I looked away and swallowed hard.  Was it her son?  Was this the boy I had deprived of a mother?  He disappeared, back behind the glass.  Then there was a girl’s face.  I couldn’t bare to look.  Sickness ran over me in waves.  If my barrister was correct, I would walk out of here a free man, but I would never have any peace.  The boy’s face would stay with me forever.” (see page 213) “My barrister’s defence completely galled me.  He was only doing his job, but I hated the way he made me sound like an innocent victim, being wrongly persecuted.  I thought about the family behind the glass.  No one would ever understand the true weight of my guilt and internal torment.  Next, the barrister for the Crown Prosecution began his case.  This time he referred to my Interpol record and the fact that I had been in prison before.  Immediately, my barrister objected…The case went on.  After a while I was hardly listening.  It all seemed irrelevant.  I was guilty before God and I wanted to die.”  (see page 213) “My hands were cuffed and I sat hugging my knees in a small caged cubicle. Shame and remorse rained down on me in torrents. What had I become?  What would Michael Wright think if he could see me now?  The words of a song rang in my head.  It was the hymn, And Can It Be?  I dwelt on one of the verses: ‘Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night . . .’  I thought of the times I had sung the hymn with a grateful heart.  It was so much my story: ‘And can it be that I should gain, An interest in the Saviour’s blood?  Died he for me, who caused His pain – For me, who Him to death pursued?  Amazing love! How can it be, that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?’ The truth of the hymn cut me to the core.  Tears began streaming down my cheeks.  I thought back over my life.  I was a wicked man who God had saved.  How little I deserved him.  Now it was as though I had ripped the heart out of my story, the one I had told so many times to convince others of the truth about Jesus Christ.  How could I ever expect God to use me again? I vowed, there and then, to become a quiet Christian. I could never give up on God.  He was too real to me.  But I was not worthy to have Jesus’ name on my lips.”  (see page 214)

32. Is it true that Tony Anthony lied to the Police and the court regarding his car accident?

There are several points to look at within this section.  Before doing so I wish to refer to a conversation I had with Sara surrounding this situation.  As the discussion unfolded it was clear she felt embarrassed and ashamed and though willing to answer the questions, she found it difficult.  She said at one point she had never shared some of the details with anyone other than Tony.  Despite the discomfort this conversation caused Sara, myself and my daughter, we continued with it to build as big a picture of all that happened as possible. On the evening of the accident, Sara told us when Tony returned with the Chinese food, he seemed a little annoyed.  When she asked him about what was wrong she said he told her he had knocked into what he thought was an animal and damaged the front of the car.  When she asked him about it, he said he hadn’t seen anything and then drove on.  This was the third time he had had what they thought was a ‘minor’ accident in a short space of time so she went out to look at the damage to the car.  She said it really didn’t look like much and she told Tony it was fine and it didn’t matter. The next time she chatted with Tony about this was on the Saturday following the accident.  After the youths had left their home she said Tony was clearly very troubled.  She pressed him to share what was wrong and eventually he told her whilst becoming “the most distraught I had ever seen him”.  She described him frantically searching through the newspaper until he found the appeal from the police who were looking for answers relating to the accident.  She told us she didn’t look at the article. Later on, when the policeman asked Sara about the whereabouts of her car she said she told him it was in the garage.  Although she thought Tony had driven away, she said he had suddenly ‘appeared’ beside her and at that point took over the conversation with the policeman, saying the car had been damaged in a car park.  He later told her he had seen the policeman approaching her, stopped the car and got out so he could take control of any enquiring conversation. Sara did not correct Tony’s lie.  However, she did not lie to the policeman though he recalled she did.  She explained it was because they did not agree with this part of the prosecution’s case and some other points they raised, the preparation for the court proceedings took so long.  She maintained she had not lied, but the policeman’s report said she did. Both Tony and Sara followed the lawyers’ advice to the ‘letter’.  Both say they are not proud of this – Sara said they did not know what to do.  They had been given these lawyers/solicitors to represent them, guide them and support them and yet they could not simply just tell the truth.  Eventually, it became clear Sara would have to go to court and if she stuck to the fact she had not lied to the policeman and was found guilty by the court, there was a strong likelihood she would have gone to prison.  She was not prepared to go to prison and be separated from Ethan, who was a small baby, so she changed her plea to guilty.  Tony was then advised to change his pleas to guilty, which he and Sara had wanted all along – it was the truth. This took place many years ago.  Both of them have demonstrated remorse at what happened. Tony owns the fact he knocked a woman from her motorbike and that she sustained injuries which later killed her. Tony owns the fact he lied to a member of his youth fellowship, the mechanic and to the policeman. Tony owns the fact he didn’t like the way the whole legal plea bargaining worked. Tony owns the fact he is guilty, has denied 2 young people their mother and said he deserves his sentence – and more.  Tony also says freely he is amazed that God would give him 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc chances.  All of this is made very clear in the description within Taming the Tiger. We asked him for a statement which is as follows: “This whole awful incident actually took place and the fatal outcome was the death of a motorcyclist.  Regardless of what the limited news reports state, I still confirm that I did not see the poor motorcyclist on the road.  If I had, then I would have stopped to assist.  At the end of the day, I did not stop and as a consequence was convicted of failing to stop and report an accident amongst other things.  It was never my intention to cause any wrong impression whatsoever about what happened in the retelling of the incident, and for that I apologise to any readers affected by this misunderstanding.  I will seek to retell the incident giving more attention to the fine detail in any future editions of my book.” Below are the points that have been raised surrounding this incident: The victim was found fatally injured in clear view on the road and not, as Taming the Tiger says, in the bushes.  Is this true? Taming the Tiger states the accident happened on a rainy night and reported that Tony did not see anything.  (See page 203) Later on in the book, Tony says the newspaper mentioned she was found in the bushes, where she later died.  (See page 205) The woman was knocked from her motorbike, was found later and died in hospital.  Reports regarding where the lady was found vary.  Some say she was on the road, some say she was by the roadside and some say she was on the embankment.  Tony did not see her at the scene of the accident. Tony took a detour of eight miles to get home: Taming the Tiger states that he had slammed on his brakes, skidded past the stop sign and hit something which he thought was an animal.  He details he experienced ‘panic’.  He details getting out and taking a brief look.  He details reversing back to the stop sign and taking another route (See pages 203 – 204)  There is no forensic evidence to back Tony’s story We asked for the notes from the solicitor who represented Tony and Sara and from the court.  Due to the time that has passed and in accordance with the record retaining policies, these have been destroyed.  If Tony had been speeding, he would have been convicted of Death by Dangerous Driving.  The skid marks verified his speed was in legal limits.  Tony reports the police told his solicitor that the lights of the motorbike were off.  (See pages 203 – 204)  To our knowledge, there is no forensic evidence to refute Tony’s story. The level of damage was much worse than Tony claimed Both Sara and Tony verify the number plate and headlight were damaged.  There was no difficulty in driving the car.  There was also damage to the bumper and Tony indicated that the car needed to be repaired (See page 206) The account in Taming the Tiger of how Tony found out about the accident indicates he already knew what happened Page 204 highlights that Tony first heard about the severity of the accident on the Saturday following the accident, by young people in his home.  It clearly relays he quickly made the connection and realised that he was the driver who had caused this woman’s death.  He then saw the report in the newspaper detailing the police were looking for ‘him’.  With this knowledge, he chose to lie to the policemen and was convicted for perverting the course of justice and failing to stop and report an accident. Tony says that he was quick to admit liability – he was not. Sara and Tony both maintain they just wanted the truth to be told once they reached the police station. “Once at the police station, we were kept apart and led into individual interview rooms.  We couldn’t tell our story fast enough.  No more lies.  We were both desperate to spill out the details of this dreadful accident.  I couldn’t care less about the interrogation.  I wanted to die.  All I could think about was the woman I had killed.  As an evangelist I was in the business of leading people to Jesus to receive new life.  Now I had caused the untimely death of an innocent lady.  Like me, she had been travelling home from doing youth work.  She had two children at home.” (See page 207) Police found a newspaper at Tony Anthony’s house detailing the accident. Yes!  Tony clearly states this (See page 205) He shared with us that he had not read the article prior to the youth fellowship meeting in his home and following my discussion with Sara, this fits with his distraught state once the young people had left their home.  Sara verified she never looked at the article The young people from the church had turned up at Tony Anthony’s house for a Bible study on the Saturday following the accident, which had occurred on the Monday of that week.  They told Tony about the accident. Yes, this is detailed in Taming the Tiger (See page 204) Taming the Tiger records Sara and Tony agreed to say nothing This point is untrue.  Page 207 of Taming the Tiger records both Sara and Tony being open when interviewed by the police.  Sara also stated they never made such an agreement. The PC looked at the cars at the school, spoke to Sara and asked where her car was.  She stated they had had an accident in Essex in a supermarket car park.  The police later found the car parts and identified the car.  Police maintain Sara lied. Tony details lying to the mechanics (See page 206) Tony and Sara both vehemently hold to the fact Sara did not say she had found the car damaged in an Essex supermarket car park  (see page 206) Press reports and the record in Taming the Tiger differ in degree of detail in that the book contains only scant details of what happened in relation to the offences that Tony was tried for eg the road accident and the allegation of racial harassment. Tony clearly states he was charged with “Harrassment” (See page 210 to 211) The charges against Tony are clearly seen in his ACPO document.  Tony contacted the solicitor who represented him at that time and the court where he was tried, to access his records.  The detail/documents are no longer available as the case took place over 7 years ago. click to view a scan of:

Tony has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate remorse over the whole incident relating to this accident.  He has served his time and sentence. To anyone who would have Tony silenced I would say this: Would you have wanted the Apostle Peter forever silenced after his clear blatant denial of Jesus with an oath, curses and swearing (The Bible, Matthew 26:69-75)?  And what did Jesus do?  Within a matter of days, not years, the Apostle Peter was forgiven and reinstated.  More than that, again after a matter of days, who was it that preached that wonderful message at Pentecost?  None other than the same former cursing, swearing liar.  The very denier of The Lord Jesus Himself (The Bible, Acts 2:14 – 47).  Why was this?  Our Lord Jesus Christ came to save and to forgive, but this is also an example to all of us who profess His Name, to do as He did and taught (Matthew 18: 21 – 22).

33. Tony Anthony uses a false date of birth and this can be seen on his wedding certificate where he has used a false date of birth. Is this true, and can you explain this?

Tony does not use a false date of birth.  A clerical error was made by the Civil Servant who wrote Tony and Sara’s wedding certificate in July 1995.  This error was not noticed by Tony and Sara who were married for almost 9 years before the writing and publication of Taming the Tiger.  There is no evidence of any ignoble intention regarding this.  Further, since leaving Nicosia Central Prison, all of Tony’s passports record his actual date of birth.  An amended copy of the wedding certificate has been obtained. Click to view scans of:

A question was raised regarding a discrepancy on an Avanti Ministries Annual Return to Companies House.  While Tony was the Founding Director of the organisation, his responsibilities were specifically for the practical ministry.  He was never the Company Chairman or Company Secretary and therefore never completed or submitted any Annual Returns, which was the role of the Company Secretary.  When the Company was first incorporated, all personal identification details were correct (see an extract from the 2004 Annual Return).  An amendment was submitted in 2005 because Tony and Sara had changed address and at this point his date of birth was entered incorrectly (see an extract from the 2005 Annual Return).  As stated, Tony did not complete or submit this form to Companies House (I have seen the handwritten amendments and signatures on both submissions).  It is unfortunate that this error went unnoticed for so long.  To correct this detail, Avanti Ministries contacted both the Charities Commission and Companies House to update their records. Neither organisation required any amending documentation as Tony was no longer a Director of the Company.  Click to view:

34. Why has Tony Anthony stopped practicing Kung Fu?

When asked about this, Tony shared the following: “There are several reasons why I have decided to stop practicing Kung Fu or any other form of Martial Art These are as follows:

  1.  “The Spiritual Background.A majority of Western World Martial Arts are taught to students without any emphasis on the spiritual background.  On face value, this sounds reasonable and harmless, however many of the rules, moves and positions taught derive from prayer positions relevant to Buddhist and Taoist beliefs and practice.  To integrate these into my life would be dishonouring to my Lord Jesus Christ.  It would open the way for potentially harmful influences to access my life and mind.  The Bible teaches that we should not worry about anything, commit everything to God with thanksgiving and that His peace will guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4 vv 6 – 7).  Allowing the influences previously mentioned to access my heart and mind would be of no benefit for me and detrimental to my walk with Jesus.  There are elements of Kung Fu which emulate idolatry: the deeper a Kung Fu student progresses, the more they are required to give the Martial Art ‘power’ over their life.  The Bible teaches I am to have only one Lord – Jesus Christ, to whom I have given my whole life.  It would be impossible to meet the requirements of living a life devoted to Jesus and to Kung Fu.  I owe Jesus everything and therefore choose to leave the practice of Kung Fu in my past.
  2. From the Bible, Jesus doesn’t seem to teach self defence  Education in self defence techniques is a common reason for becoming a student of Kung Fu and other Martial Arts.“When confronted with those who arrested Him, Jesus’ response was as one who was submitted to The Father’s supreme authority over His life.  His disciple Peter used a sword to cut off the ear of a member of the arresting body.  Before healing the injured man, Jesus said “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.  Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26 vv 50 – 53).“I see no justification in preparing for retaliation and self-defence.  On the contrary, Jesus taught us to ‘turn the other cheek’ (Matthew 5 v 39 & Luke 6 v 29) and to bless those who hate and curse us (Matthew 5 v 44 & Luke 6 v 28).  The apostle Paul underscores this teaching in Romans 12 v 14 whilst living under the threat of losing his life because of His service to Jesus.“It is my choice to focus on investing in the development of my relationship with Jesus and to distance myself from anything (including Martial Arts) which might hinder this.
  3. “The Bible teaches I should put my trust in God alone and not in anything else (I believe this includes my own abilities).Martial Arts can provide self confidence in physical and spiritual abilities and power over situations and other people.  The Bible encourages and instructs that we should trust only in God as He promises to supply what we need in every situation (e.g. Proverbs 3 vv 5 – 6, Psalm 20 vv 7 – 9, 2 Chronicles 20 vv 1 – 37, 2 Kings 6 vv 17 – 20 and Matthew 10 v 19).“Previously, I walked through some very ‘shady’ places in this world and genuinely felt no fear because of what I knew and could do to someone.  Now, because I belong to Jesus I can walk through “…the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil…” because God is with me (Psalm 23 v 4).

“I am not saying God will not work through someone who is involved with Martial Arts.  What I am saying is, from the Bible and from having studied Kung Fu to a very advanced level, it is my preference and choice to turn away from it.  I saw what following the way of King Fu did to my own character and am not proud of what I became.  Each individual must discern for themselves what they should do before God.” Click to view:

35. Please provide evidence that it is very common to start training at such a young age as Tony Anthony claims and to become a master of Kung Fu from the age of 14?

The examples below demonstrate ‘serious’ Kung Fu training is recommended to begin between the ages of 4 – 6 (inclusive).  They also show formal Kung Fu master training within the temple can commence between 7 – 8 years of age. Example 1: http://www.kungfuwingchun.com/faqs#howold Question:

  • What age do you start children?

Answer:

  • We offer age-appropriate instruction for children starting at age 2 in our Mommy & Me Program; ages 3 – 5 in our Little Pandas program; ages 5 ½ -7 in our Tigers program; and ages 8 – 13 in our Dragons program.  Teenagers are usually placed in our Adult/Teen program for ages 14 & up.  Please give us a call to schedule a free trial class and consultation.”

Example 2: http://grandbackstageblog.co.uk/2013/04/10/kung-fu-masters-an-invaluable-insight-into-the-shaolin-warriors/ Question:

  • Do the performers get injured very often?

Answer:

  • “Although the odd minor injury may happen, the Warriors have been fully trained since they were very young.  As most of them began their training as young as 4, they’ve established all the tips and tricks needed in order to ensure their optimum safety.  They’re also incredibly strict in their meditation and physical preparation before each show.”

Question:

  • The Warriors display a truly incredible amount of skill and timing in their performances.  How many years of training does such mastery take to achieve, and at what age does a Master usually begin his training?

Answer:

  • “They start basic training from the age of 4 with serious training from the age of 7.  With such intensive training (6 hour a day every day) mastery can take just 5 years, however this would equate to many years training elsewhere.”

Tony forwarded the following to us: Example 3: http://www.shaolinskungfu.com/Masters.html The following are random examples from the Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School China of masters starting their training between the ages of 3 and 8.  (I apologise for some of the misspelled words below – the site translated the Chinese characters to the English below).   “Master Shi Yan Hao (Huang Shifu), a 34th generation Shaolin Disciple, was born into a Kungfu family and started to learn Kungfu from his father at the age of 3. He went to the Shaolin Temple in 1996 and became the apprentice of Abbot Shi Yong Xin. He later joined the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk group in 2002 and is now one of the main coaches. He is highly skilled at Shaolin traditional fist forms such as Shaolin Xiaohong Quan, Dahong Quan, Xiaopao Quan, Pao Chui, Qixing Quan, Meihua mantis, Chang Hu Xinyi Men, Taizu Chang Quan and with weapons like broadsword, straight sword and staff etc. Master Shi Yanhao is also very accomplished in the internal martial arts of Taichi, Bagua and Baji. He has been to the USA, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, the UK, Korea and to Thailand many times for performances and teaching.” “Master Shi Yan Jia (Wei Shifu) a 34th generation Shaolin Disciple of the current Shaolin Temple Abbot Shi Yongxin, came to the Shaolin Temple to learn Shaolin Kungfu from the age of 8 years old and stayed there for a further ten years. He is currently ranked at level 7. He has 8 years of experience in teaching Kung Fu to international students from all over the world and giving performances to many people. In the 1st national Shaolin Kung Fu competition he was awarded first place in traditional Shaolin Fist form and Shaolin Spear form. At the 9th Sports Meeting in Henan province, he also won first place for his Shaolin Staff routine, and in the championships of Zhengzhou, he came first in the Traditional Sword form category.” “Master Shi Yan Jiong (Master Zhao), 34th generation warrior monk, disciple of the Shalin Temple Abbot Shi Yong Xin. He masters one of the 72 shaolin scret skills: two fingers hand-stand, and specializes on Drunken styles, Wing Chun, Fanzi fist (翻子拳, a traditional fist, Damo staff and long handled broad sword. He ranked 6 band in the 9 band system of Shaolin Kung Fu. He went to the Shaolin Temple when he is 8 years old. In 2000, He is selected to be a member of 1st international stage play <少林雄风>, which makes him to show his skills in around 30 countries. In 2002, he won the first place of Shaolin fist in the competition of the Shaolin warrior monks.  In 2006, by his excellent performance, the Abbot assign him to be a coach in the Shaolin warrior mink team.  In 2012, another stage play <> invited him to join in.. The play has a tournament around 46 countries. September of 2012, he attended 1st European Shaolin Cultural Festival Kung Fu Text Conference In Berlin Germany as a VIP.” “Master Shi Yan Shuai( Master Zhang), 34th generation warrior monk, disciple of Master Shi Yong Di. started his Shaolin training in 2000, when he is seven years old. He ranked 6 band in the 9 band system of Shaolin Kung Fu. He is good at three section staff, scorpion style and Shaolin broad sword. 2005 he won second place on three section staff , 1st place on Shaolin broad Sword in the A class school’s competition in Deng Feng. 2006, he earned 1 st prize on Scorpion form and 2nd prize on Shaolin traditional fist form in the sports meeting of Deng Feng city. From 2007-2010, he accompanied his master on the oversea visits to Singapore, Indonesia, and other South East countries. His fantastic forms are warmly welcomed by the local people. From 2010 on, he started this career as a Shaolin master, and now has students from nearly 20 countries.” “Master Shi Yan Zheng (master Han), 34th generation warrior monk, 6 band, excellent coach of the important team in Tagou Martial Arts School.  He started his Kung Fu journey in 1998, wheh he is eight year old.  After eight years, he gratuated from the professioanl team in tagou school ranked the 2nd place.  His best skills are Shaolin Fist form, Broad sword and staff.  Here are some competitions he attended: 2002, he won first places of Shaolin Staff and Broard sword on A class school’s competition in Deng Feng., 2004, he attended the International Martial Arts Festival and is Champion for Traditional Shaolin fist. In 2005, he competed in the National Shaolin Kung Fu Competition and earned the 2nd prize for his Shaolin Staff.  In 2006, his mother school invited him to be a Kung Fu master for advanced students.” This could also be verified by making contact with the Shaolin Temple in China, Deng Feng Shi, Zhengzhou, Henan, China, 452470.

36. Did Tony Anthony admit liability for the car accident when the police arrived at his home?

Tony and Sara both told us that neither of them were asked to make any statements until they arrived at the police station (see pages 206 – 207) We asked Tony to obtain the transcript from the court hearings and for copies of the case notes from his solicitor.  Unfortunately they are no longer available and from what we can gather, due to the trial and conviction etc having taken place so long ago, the notes have been destroyed in line with their record retaining policies. click to view scans of:

37. Pages 206-207 in “Taming the Tiger” state “Very early the next morning, there was a loud knock at the door. I leapt out of bed and ran downstairs. Half a dozen policemen with dogs barged in as I opened the door...We couldn’t tell our story fast enough. No more lies. We were both desperate to spill out the details of this dreadful accident.” Is this true?

From speaking to both Tony and to Sara, this event took place early in the morning and abruptly woke them.  Tony opened the door to several members of the police who made their way into the house.  Tony was instructed to get Sara, who came down to see them whilst wearing her night clothes and dressing gown.  They were then instructed to get dressed and told that they were required at the police station to provide answers to questions. Both said the whole experience was just the police doing their job but that their experience was that of shock, fear and relief. Tony and Sara vividly remember the experience at the police station.  Both were placed in individual holding cells.  Their shoes were taken from them.  Sara was examined by a doctor.  She was expecting Ethan and had previously been off work due to the pregnancy making her significantly unwell. Sara and Tony both said they were glad to answer the questions asked.  Sara said she was also horrified at the whole situation.  She had been brought up in a Christian home and had never imagined in her wildest dreams she would be faced with this situation and all that unfolded. It is understood the police said they did not bring dogs with them.  Sara does not remember there being any dogs.  When we asked Tony about this he said, “I apologise if this information is incorrect.  The whole event came as a shock.  I honestly did not mean to mislead anyone.” Whether or not dogs were present is a minor detail.  The main facts remain that police came early in the morning to take Tony and Sara to the police station so they could answer questions.  This was the beginning of a long legal process of which each of them indicated they are not proud. Both of them have received and served their sentences.

38. For what charge or charges was Tony Anthony sentenced to fifteen months’ imprisonment?

The exact charges relating to the accident and the telephone interface with the Greek Restauranteur (see page 210) are detailed below and via Tony’s ACPO certificate: Click to view a scan of:

29/06/2001

  1. Harassment – put in fear of violence between 02/06/2000 and 30/06/2000 Imprisonment 9 months
  2. Pursued a course of conduct which amounted to harassment between 29/06/2000 and 30/06/2000 Imprisonment 9 months (concurrent)
  3. Pursued a course of conduct which amounted to harassment on 30/06/2000 Imprisonment 3 months (concurrent)
  4. Pursued a course of conduct which amounted to harassment between 01/05/2000 and 30/06/2000 Imprisonment 3 months (concurrent)

29/06/2001

  1. Commit act/series of acts with intent to pervert the course of justice between 06/03/2000 and 23/03/2000 Imprisonment 6 months consecutive to Kingston case Total sentence 15 months imprisonment

14/10/2001

  1. Driving without due care and attention on 06/03/2000 Driving licence endorsed disqualification from driving – 18 months Disqualification from driving – until extended test passed
  2. Failing to stop after accident on 06/03/2000 Imprisonment 3 months
  3. Failing to report accident on 06/03/2000 Imprisonment 3 months (concurrent)

39. Tony Anthony crafts the impression that he received an unjustifiably hefty sentence for the accident, omitting to mention additional convictions. Is this true?

No.  In “Taming the Tiger” Tony and his co-author made it very clear both Tony and Sara felt deep shame for what he had done and its consequences.  (see pages 213, 214 and 218) It is clear Tony believed he deserved to be punished: “The case went on.  After a while I was hardly listening.  It all seemed irrelevant.  I was guilty before God and I wanted to die.”  (see page 213) “Tears began streaming down my cheeks.  I thought back over my life.  I was a wicked man who God had saved.  How little I deserved Him.  Now it was as though I had ripped the heart out of my story, the one I had told so many times to convince others of the truth about Jesus Christ.  How could I ever expect God to use me again?  I vowed there and then, to become a quiet Christian.  I could never give up on God.  He was too real to me.  But I was not worthy to have Jesus’ name on my lips.”  (see page 214) I have stated elsewhere that Tony has chosen not to regain his driving licence because “The thought of driving makes me feel quite sick”

40. Is Tony Anthony’s testimony false in any way?

When I met with Tony, he told me his testimony as told in Taming the Tiger is not false.  We discussed the fact that it was written 10 years ago and during that time some details have come to light that require correction.  He showed me his copy of Taming the Tiger which is marked up indicating these and areas where there are a number of editorial mistakes and historical inaccuracies which have also come to light since it was published.  These mistakes are just that – ‘mistakes’. Tony summarises it like this:

  • The story was written based upon the knowledge that I had at the time of writing.  I recognise there are elements which now need to be changed since more information came to light from research since the death of my father and renewed contact with my mother.
  • Names, places, and details of the events have been altered to protect my wife, my family, myself and the rights of those whose paths I have crossed.  All revised editions will include a clear disclaimer: This book tells the true story of Tony Anthony. Some scenes have been dramatized with authentic though not necessarily actual dialogue, and—to protect the author and his family, and the rights of those whose paths he has crossed—some of the names, places, and details of the events have been altered.’
  • There are minor errors in the structure of the narrative and a few dates are in the wrong place.  These have been corrected for the revised edition:
  1. p15/para3: (Correction) – ‘there was an   inci-’ – remove space
  2. p16: (Addition) – to explain more about the Chinese Cultural Revolution
  3. p16: (Addition) – to explain that Lowsi was not my biological grandfather
  4. p18/para1: (Correction) – Change Lo han quilo to Gweilo
  5. p19/para2,3: (Restructure)
  6. p20/para4: (Correction) – Change Shaolin Temple to Temple
  7. p25/para3: (Correction) – Change rooster to pig
  8. p27/para2: (Correction) – Change ‘Lai-see’ to ‘ang pow’
  9. p31/para3: (Correction) – Change 6-year-old to 7-year-old
  10. p32/para1: (Correction) – remove ‘dim lo’
  11. p40/para4: (Addition) – to explain that the white tiger was albino
  12. p41/para4: (Correction) – Change ‘tiger’ to ‘basic’
  13. p43/para1: (Correction) – remove ‘horse’
  14. p43/para2: (Correction) – Change ‘Hanshan Si’ to ‘Lofu’
  15. p47/para4: (Correction) – Change ‘after’ to ‘before’
  16. p52/para2: (Correction) – Change ‘kneeing’ to ‘kneeling’
  17. pp65&66: (Structure) – The timing of this section is out of order and needs to come after page 68
  18. p65/para4: (Correction) – Remove the words ‘once in Thailand and twice’
  19. p68/p4: (Structure) – The timing of this section is out of order and needs to come before page 65&66
  20. p102/para2: (Correction) – Change ‘Lefkosia’ to ‘Nicosia’
  21. p121/para2: (Correction) – Change ‘1989’ to ‘1990’
  22. p140/para3: (Correction) – Change ‘1990’ to ‘1991
  23. p165/para2: (Correction) – Change ‘1990’ to ‘1991’
  24. p206/para2: (Correction) – ‘A few days later we took’ – Change ‘we’ to ‘I’
  25. p206/para2: (Correction) – ‘a Policeman had pulled up on his bicycle’ – Change ‘bicycle’ to ‘motorcycle’
  26. p212/para4: (Correction) – Change ‘June’ to ‘July 2001’
  27. p240/para3: (Correction) – Change ‘Sarah’ to ‘Sara’
  28. p245/para3: (Correction) – Change ‘tony@avantiministries.com’ to new contact details.

The above corrections etc do not take anything away from Tony’s testimony. There are a few details from my background that I wish to keep private and confidential due to the sensitive nature of my past.

41. There are many negative and worrying things about Tony Anthony’s testimony being circulated on the WWW and in the Media.

Many of these negative statements and accusations currently circulated are already addressed, answered and referenced in Taming the Tiger. Why has Tony Anthony not admitted to lying to the policeman and mentioned the incident with the Greek restaurateur?

  • Tony owns the fact he lied to a policeman (see page 206)
  • He owns the fact he harassed a Greek restaurateur (see page 211)
  • He was and is remorseful at killing a woman (see pages 213 and 214)

42. Why was Tony Anthony investigated by the EA and why did Avanti Ministries close?

From the information we have gathered from Tony and Sara, the reasons are as follows:

There was growing information being circulated in the public domain strongly stating and suggesting Tony’s testimony in Taming the Tiger was not true. A group of people who evidently believed Tony was being at best fraudulent used various types of internet and media platforms to make their beliefs as widely known as possible. This went on for several years and was beginning to impact some of the missions and training sessions being delivered by Tony and his teams.

Both Tony and Sara Anthony met with their Church Leader towards the end of 2012, who told them that the Evangelical Alliance (EA) had made telephone contact to discuss the matter. The EA made the kind offer to conduct an independent investigation on behalf of Avanti Ministries to look into the allegations being made and to help Avanti Ministries build a robust defence against them. This proposal was discussed by the Avanti Board and Tony who unanimously agreed to this course of action and looked forward to a favourable outcome.

In April 2013, Avanti Ministries commissioned the Evangelical Alliance to carry out a private and independent investigation into the allegations being made. Without going into the detail, the method and thoroughness of the investigation and parameter setting of ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ evidence was not what Avanti Ministries understood they had signed up to. By this stage, the investigation had taken on a whole new dynamic altogether.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, Avanti Ministries had requirements placed upon them by the EA, which included the issuing of a joint statement from both organisations. The limited timescale and heavy handed approach forced Avanti Ministries to seek legal support. Avanti Ministries did not agree to the initial statement given to them and there were hurried negotiations to get the final statement accurately worded before it was issued to the general public. The Avanti Directors did not fully agree with this statement but felt their hands were tied. The joint statement that did go out was “the best” that the Avanti solicitor could negotiate with the EA given the circumstances. To the Avanti Directors and Tony himself, the whole process felt more like a carefully executed prosecution, rather than an exercise of conciliation. Perhaps the greatest concern was the willingness of the EA panel to accept the “evidence and theories” produced by those making the accusations as fact, rather than seeking their own impartial corroboration of evidence. There was also a rising concern regarding the reason why people in Tony’s life story had not been interviewed, rendering the investigation inconclusive.

As a team of volunteers, this set of circumstances had developed into something far beyond any of the Avanti Directors experience and expertise. Legal advice suggested that with the damage to the ministry’s reputation and that of Tony coupled with limited financial resources, the best course of action would be to release the individual ministries operating under the Avanti umbrella. Everyone involved had been overwhelmed and shocked at the process, its working, and the outcome and felt let down, therefore the Directors took the heartbreaking decision to close the organisation down.

On a positive note it is encouraging to know that all of the ministries previously under the Avanti umbrella continue to flourish, and to see the continued spreading of The Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

The private and confidential report belongs to Avanti Ministries. Despite this, confidential statements, documents and large parts of the report have been placed into the public domain. It has been disturbing to learn that this information was being distributed by a member of the EA panel itself. This is clearly not in the spirit of the original signed agreement, which stated:
“3. If for any reason any publicity or questions arise as a result of this enquiry or otherwise it will be for the Ministry to respond to them, not the Panel.

4. The Panel shall undertake their duties in a professional manner and in a spirit of Christian conciliation as set out in Scripture, their prime goal being the glory of God, the honour of His Name and the healing of any divisions in the Body of Christ.”

Amongst others, my daughter was one of the people who received emails from Mr Langlois with many documents from this report attached. On receipt, she notified the appropriate persons.

In the light of the legal discussion surrounding this, we are not in a position to provide any further detail at this time.

43. Why has Tony Anthony not made any public response or attempt to defend himself from the various accusations that have been made against him?

Following the completion of the Panel’s report (as mentioned in question 42), it became necessary for the Avanti Ministries Board of Directors to obtain legal advice.  The recommendation made by the solicitor was that everyone should say as little as possible because “raw data” can be easily mis-communicated within the public domain.  This approach was adopted by the Directors and by Tony.  Avanti and Tony put statements on their websites and Tony engaged in one impromptu telephone interview from Premier.  They opted to say nothing else.

Often, we can interpret silence on the part of someone who comes under accusation as guilt – Jesus never argued with anyone.  The Word of God came through Him and Jesus never begged anyone to believe in Him nor did He try to convince them of His authenticity.  The Gospel of Mark records “And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.  Then Pilate asked Him again, saying “Do You answer nothing?  See how many things they testify against You!”  But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marvelled.”  (Mark: 15 vv 3 – 5).

We were deeply saddened to receive sight of vulgar and abusive communications sent to Tony via email and social media around the time that the EA report had been completed.  We were even more alarmed to learn that a source of these communications had also been a source of information accepted into the report.  In response to this, there were trusted supporters who encouraged Tony to pursue legal action. (Note – due to the strength of content, it is inappropriate to publish the communications on this website).

In October 2013, my daughter arranged a day of prayer and fasting in response to Tony’s situation.  At that time Tony asked that we particularly ask God for wisdom regarding whether or not he should pursue a legal route in seeking to bring an end to the information being circulated about him.

During the week of the prayer and fasting, Tony contacted us to say that he was not going to follow the legal route.  He told us that from scripture and from counsel from trusted Christian friends he believed he should look to God in the situation.  He spoke about being moved by Jesus’ dignified silence during his ‘trials’.  He said he was going to step back from the desire to defend himself in any way and from striking back at those making accusations against him.  I was heartened at this young man’s attitude and deliberate step of obedience in following Christ’s example during times of testing and trial.  Despite having been advised and given the opportunity to take legal action against the comments being made, he told us that he believed it would not  be honouring to God to take this matter to court (in line with 1 Corinthians 6 vv 1 – 8).  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another.  Why not rather be wronged?  Why not rather be defrauded.” (verse 7).  Tony indicated it was his understanding that the Apostle Paul was concerned with the testimony of the believers and that it would be far better for each of us to be taken advantage of rather than pushing a person even further away from Christ by taking them to court.  In other words, a person’s eternal soul is more important than a legal battle of rights and wrongs.

Despite the understandable feelings of hurt and frustration, this has been the continued reason Tony has given to us for not speaking out publically.

Additional Information

42. Why was Tony Anthony investigated by the EA and why did Avanti Ministries close?

From the information we have gathered from Tony and Sara, the reasons are as follows:

There was growing information being circulated in the public domain strongly stating and suggesting Tony’s testimony in Taming the Tiger was not true. A group of people who evidently believed Tony was being at best fraudulent used various types of internet and media platforms to make their beliefs as widely known as possible. This went on for several years and was beginning to impact some of the missions and training sessions being delivered by Tony and his teams.

Both Tony and Sara Anthony met with their Church Leader towards the end of 2012, who told them that the Evangelical Alliance (EA) had made telephone contact to discuss the matter. The EA made the kind offer to conduct an independent investigation on behalf of Avanti Ministries to look into the allegations being made and to help Avanti Ministries build a robust defence against them. This proposal was discussed by the Avanti Board and Tony who unanimously agreed to this course of action and looked forward to a favourable outcome.

In April 2013, Avanti Ministries commissioned the Evangelical Alliance to carry out a private and independent investigation into the allegations being made. Without going into the detail, the method and thoroughness of the investigation and parameter setting of ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ evidence was not what Avanti Ministries understood they had signed up to. By this stage, the investigation had taken on a whole new dynamic altogether.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, Avanti Ministries had requirements placed upon them by the EA, which included the issuing of a joint statement from both organisations. The limited timescale and heavy handed approach forced Avanti Ministries to seek legal support. Avanti Ministries did not agree to the initial statement given to them and there were hurried negotiations to get the final statement accurately worded before it was issued to the general public. The Avanti Directors did not fully agree with this statement but felt their hands were tied. The joint statement that did go out was “the best” that the Avanti solicitor could negotiate with the EA given the circumstances. To the Avanti Directors and Tony himself, the whole process felt more like a carefully executed prosecution, rather than an exercise of conciliation. Perhaps the greatest concern was the willingness of the EA panel to accept the “evidence and theories” produced by those making the accusations as fact, rather than seeking their own impartial corroboration of evidence. There was also a rising concern regarding the reason why people in Tony’s life story had not been interviewed, rendering the investigation inconclusive.

As a team of volunteers, this set of circumstances had developed into something far beyond any of the Avanti Directors experience and expertise. Legal advice suggested that with the damage to the ministry’s reputation and that of Tony coupled with limited financial resources, the best course of action would be to release the individual ministries operating under the Avanti umbrella. Everyone involved had been overwhelmed and shocked at the process, its working, and the outcome and felt let down, therefore the Directors took the heartbreaking decision to close the organisation down.

On a positive note it is encouraging to know that all of the ministries previously under the Avanti umbrella continue to flourish, and to see the continued spreading of The Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

The private and confidential report belongs to Avanti Ministries. Despite this, confidential statements, documents and large parts of the report have been placed into the public domain. It has been disturbing to learn that this information was being distributed by a member of the EA panel itself. This is clearly not in the spirit of the original signed agreement, which stated:
“3. If for any reason any publicity or questions arise as a result of this enquiry or otherwise it will be for the Ministry to respond to them, not the Panel.

4. The Panel shall undertake their duties in a professional manner and in a spirit of Christian conciliation as set out in Scripture, their prime goal being the glory of God, the honour of His Name and the healing of any divisions in the Body of Christ.”

Amongst others, my daughter was one of the people who received emails from Mr Langlois with many documents from this report attached. On receipt, she notified the appropriate persons.

In the light of the legal discussion surrounding this, we are not in a position to provide any further detail at this time.

 

42. Why was Tony Anthony investigated by the EA and why did Avanti Ministries close?

From the information we have gathered from Tony and Sara, the reasons are as follows:

There was growing information being circulated in the public domain strongly stating and suggesting Tony’s testimony in Taming the Tiger was not true. A group of people who evidently believed Tony was being at best fraudulent used various types of internet and media platforms to make their beliefs as widely known as possible. This went on for several years and was beginning to impact some of the missions and training sessions being delivered by Tony and his teams.

Both Tony and Sara Anthony met with their Church Leader towards the end of 2012, who told them that the Evangelical Alliance (EA) had made telephone contact to discuss the matter. The EA made the kind offer to conduct an independent investigation on behalf of Avanti Ministries to look into the allegations being made and to help Avanti Ministries build a robust defence against them. This proposal was discussed by the Avanti Board and Tony who unanimously agreed to this course of action and looked forward to a favourable outcome.

In April 2013, Avanti Ministries commissioned the Evangelical Alliance to carry out a private and independent investigation into the allegations being made. Without going into the detail, the method and thoroughness of the investigation and parameter setting of ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ evidence was not what Avanti Ministries understood they had signed up to. By this stage, the investigation had taken on a whole new dynamic altogether.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, Avanti Ministries had requirements placed upon them by the EA, which included the issuing of a joint statement from both organisations. The limited timescale and heavy handed approach forced Avanti Ministries to seek legal support. Avanti Ministries did not agree to the initial statement given to them and there were hurried negotiations to get the final statement accurately worded before it was issued to the general public. The Avanti Directors did not fully agree with this statement but felt their hands were tied. The joint statement that did go out was “the best” that the Avanti solicitor could negotiate with the EA given the circumstances. To the Avanti Directors and Tony himself, the whole process felt more like a carefully executed prosecution, rather than an exercise of conciliation. Perhaps the greatest concern was the willingness of the EA panel to accept the “evidence and theories” produced by those making the accusations as fact, rather than seeking their own impartial corroboration of evidence. There was also a rising concern regarding the reason why people in Tony’s life story had not been interviewed, rendering the investigation inconclusive.

As a team of volunteers, this set of circumstances had developed into something far beyond any of the Avanti Directors experience and expertise. Legal advice suggested that with the damage to the ministry’s reputation and that of Tony coupled with limited financial resources, the best course of action would be to release the individual ministries operating under the Avanti umbrella. Everyone involved had been overwhelmed and shocked at the process, its working, and the outcome and felt let down, therefore the Directors took the heartbreaking decision to close the organisation down.

On a positive note it is encouraging to know that all of the ministries previously under the Avanti umbrella continue to flourish, and to see the continued spreading of The Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

The private and confidential report belongs to Avanti Ministries. Despite this, confidential statements, documents and large parts of the report have been placed into the public domain. It has been disturbing to learn that this information was being distributed by a member of the EA panel itself. This is clearly not in the spirit of the original signed agreement, which stated:
“3. If for any reason any publicity or questions arise as a result of this enquiry or otherwise it will be for the Ministry to respond to them, not the Panel.

4. The Panel shall undertake their duties in a professional manner and in a spirit of Christian conciliation as set out in Scripture, their prime goal being the glory of God, the honour of His Name and the healing of any divisions in the Body of Christ.”

Amongst others, my daughter was one of the people who received emails from Mr Langlois with many documents from this report attached. On receipt, she notified the appropriate persons.

In the light of the legal discussion surrounding this, we are not in a position to provide any further detail at this time.

 

42. Why was Tony Anthony investigated by the EA and why did Avanti Ministries close?

From the information we have gathered from Tony and Sara, the reasons are as follows:

There was growing information being circulated in the public domain strongly stating and suggesting Tony’s testimony in Taming the Tiger was not true. A group of people who evidently believed Tony was being at best fraudulent used various types of internet and media platforms to make their beliefs as widely known as possible. This went on for several years and was beginning to impact some of the missions and training sessions being delivered by Tony and his teams.

Both Tony and Sara Anthony met with their Church Leader towards the end of 2012, who told them that the Evangelical Alliance (EA) had made telephone contact to discuss the matter. The EA made the kind offer to conduct an independent investigation on behalf of Avanti Ministries to look into the allegations being made and to help Avanti Ministries build a robust defence against them. This proposal was discussed by the Avanti Board and Tony who unanimously agreed to this course of action and looked forward to a favourable outcome.

In April 2013, Avanti Ministries commissioned the Evangelical Alliance to carry out a private and independent investigation into the allegations being made. Without going into the detail, the method and thoroughness of the investigation and parameter setting of ‘reasonable’ and ‘unreasonable’ evidence was not what Avanti Ministries understood they had signed up to. By this stage, the investigation had taken on a whole new dynamic altogether.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, Avanti Ministries had requirements placed upon them by the EA, which included the issuing of a joint statement from both organisations. The limited timescale and heavy handed approach forced Avanti Ministries to seek legal support. Avanti Ministries did not agree to the initial statement given to them and there were hurried negotiations to get the final statement accurately worded before it was issued to the general public. The Avanti Directors did not fully agree with this statement but felt their hands were tied. The joint statement that did go out was “the best” that the Avanti solicitor could negotiate with the EA given the circumstances. To the Avanti Directors and Tony himself, the whole process felt more like a carefully executed prosecution, rather than an exercise of conciliation. Perhaps the greatest concern was the willingness of the EA panel to accept the “evidence and theories” produced by those making the accusations as fact, rather than seeking their own impartial corroboration of evidence. There was also a rising concern regarding the reason why people in Tony’s life story had not been interviewed, rendering the investigation inconclusive.

As a team of volunteers, this set of circumstances had developed into something far beyond any of the Avanti Directors experience and expertise. Legal advice suggested that with the damage to the ministry’s reputation and that of Tony coupled with limited financial resources, the best course of action would be to release the individual ministries operating under the Avanti umbrella. Everyone involved had been overwhelmed and shocked at the process, its working, and the outcome and felt let down, therefore the Directors took the heartbreaking decision to close the organisation down.

On a positive note it is encouraging to know that all of the ministries previously under the Avanti umbrella continue to flourish, and to see the continued spreading of The Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)

The private and confidential report belongs to Avanti Ministries. Despite this, confidential statements, documents and large parts of the report have been placed into the public domain. It has been disturbing to learn that this information was being distributed by a member of the EA panel itself. This is clearly not in the spirit of the original signed agreement, which stated:
“3. If for any reason any publicity or questions arise as a result of this enquiry or otherwise it will be for the Ministry to respond to them, not the Panel.

4. The Panel shall undertake their duties in a professional manner and in a spirit of Christian conciliation as set out in Scripture, their prime goal being the glory of God, the honour of His Name and the healing of any divisions in the Body of Christ.”

Amongst others, my daughter was one of the people who received emails from Mr Langlois with many documents from this report attached. On receipt, she notified the appropriate persons.

In the light of the legal discussion surrounding this, we are not in a position to provide any further detail at this time.