Spicer says of the initial encounter: "Saxena's interest was mineral concessions, but his approach put us on the spot, for we work for governments, not businessmen."[http:freespace.virgin.net/ambrose.ganda/Corruption_story_goes_on.html]
At the time, Saxena was head of the Vancouver based Tidewater Management Corporation, held bauxite concessions in West Africa and was also wanted in Thailand for charges of embezzelling up to $2 billion (figures vary from as low as $88 million) from the country's Bangkok Bank of Commerce. He made an initial payment of $1.5 million before he was arrested by Canadian authorities for having a fake passport. 
Sandline's international chairman at the time was Anthony Buckingham who was a major shareholder in Diamond Works Ltd., a diamond company with six mines in Sierra Leone. He is also a founder of Executive Outcomes. Perhaps this is what prompted Saxena to pay Spicer a $70,000 consulting fee to prepare an appraisal of the situation in Sierra Leone.