Shelly Silver GUILTY! Conviction Overturned on Technical Grounds

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The evidence still shows Shelly Silver is guilty, guilty, guilty

Outrageous: Shelly Silver, one of the worst abusers of the public trust in recent New York history, just got his 2015 conviction tossed on technical grounds.

Prosecutors promise a new trial, but justice has already been delayed far too long here.

A federal appeals court Thursday tossed the former Assembly speaker’s 2015 corruption conviction because a later Supreme Court ruling tweaked the rules for what counts as political corruption.

Yet the same 2nd Circuit of Appeals had just affirmed the bribery conviction of ex-Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. despite similar issues.

And the evidence against Silver proves corruption under the new rules as well as the old.

  • The then-speaker funneled some $500,000 in state grants to a doctor who, in turn, sent patients to Silver’s law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg — which then paid Silver for the referrals.
  • In another scheme, Silver voted to OK tax-exempt financing for a real-estate developer, Glenwood Management, and for favorable rent- and tax-abatement laws. In exchange, Glenwood took some work to the firm of another Silver pal, which in turn paid “fees” to the speaker.

Silver pocketed at least $4 million from these kickbacks.

At trial, his defense boiled down to “everybody does it.” But while the Legislature is indeed profoundly corrupt, that doesn’t make any of it legal.
And certainly not these abuses of power by a man who ruled as speaker for more than two decades.

Yes, the Supreme Court last year tossed the corruption conviction of ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell over too-broad instructions to the jury about what defines “official acts.” But Silver’s case involved far more clear-cut bribes — and more clear-cut abuse of power — than McDonnell’s.

Yet somehow the 2nd Circuit thinks a “rational jury” might not have found Silver guilty if it had been “properly instructed.”

Let’s hope prosecutors move quickly to a new trial. The best medicine for New York’s rampant corruption is swift, harsh punishment for the abusers. And Silver, 73, has already been free for far too long.

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Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction Overturned – Opening the door for more corruption…

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Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction overturned, documents show

A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction, according to court documents.

In March federal prosecutors in the Silver case faced sharp questioning the appeals panel, which was worried about whether the conviction could survive a new U.S. Supreme Court decision narrowing the scope of “official acts” that can be the subject of a bribe.

“You went to trial on the theory that anything Sheldon Silver did in connection with his role as speaker was an official act,” said Judge William Sessions. “That’s something totally different from what’s now the government action required. How do you know the jury would have made the same decision?”

The arguments provided a first glimpse of how the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Manhattan would interpret the high court’s 2016 ruling in a case involving former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, which held prosecutors must show an actual exercise of government power, not just a meeting or phone call.

It drew an overflow crowd, including prosecution and defense lawyers prepping to argue the same issues on the conviction of former Senate leader Dean Skelos, as well as U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who presided at Skelos’ trial, and new Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim.

Silver was convicted in 2015 of sponsoring grants and doing other favors for an asbestos doctor who referred patients to the Speaker’s law firm, and also collecting legal referral fees from real estate developers whose legislation he supported. The Democrat was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but has remained free while appealing.

Steve Molo, Silver’s lawyer, said the former Speaker deserved a new trial because the evidence included both actual exercises of government power and lesser favors — like meeting with real estate donors and job references for the doctor’s children.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni’s instructions gave jurors the latitude to convict on either, he argued. “It was inconsistent with what the law is now,” Molo said.

But prosecutor Andrew Goldstein contended that the case involved actual legislative acts, not just the constituent courtesies the Supreme Court said were insufficient in McDonnell’s case.

“This case involved far more than meetings and introductions and nothing more,” he said. “ engaged in official decision-making to benefit the people who were paying him.”

When the judges cited lesser favors which prosecutors had also argued were official acts, Goldstein said they were all part of a larger “scheme,” and were elevated by Silver’s power and clout.

But Judge Richard Wesley objected to that claim. “Then any powerful person who wants you to do something is committing a crime?” he said. “Is every invitation to a fundraiser a crime?”

Please see the article in its original format on Newsday by clicking here.

 

FOR FURTHER READING:

Conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver overturned

http://abc7ny.com/news/conviction-of-former-assembly-speaker-sheldon-silver-overturned/2212539/

Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is overturned

Exposing Africa and the Western Influences that Mine… the Kaupthing Claims

Dear Reader:
We ask that you read the original blog, URL below, from 2016. We were unable to post all of the various PDF documents that the author posted.
The blog begins with a series of emails from 2015 between attorneys at a firm in Israel and Millbank and includes information about the involvement of a number of other law firms. From the information on the Blog it appears that there was a concerted effort involvement numerous parties to exert pressure on parties involved in a series of lawsuits.
The story refers to a relationship entitled: the “Kaupthing/Gertler story.” Like Platinum, we believe that this story has taken far too long to find the exposure it so desperately requires.
We discovered in our investigations a number of links to corresponding Russian websites. They were apparently summarily removed from publication and finding them in the archives has also proven somewhat fruitless.
Apparently, Mr. Gertler and his associates have painstakingly worked to keep this story quiet. We request that you share these posts, the post from T.O.T. and anything else we manage to get out there. Mr. Gertler has allegedly defrauded dozens of people for millions of dollars.
He and his companies and associates bury people in years of litigation over what would otherwise be paltry sums compared to his net worth. Clearly Mr. Gertler and his associated law firms have both the finances and wherewithal to harass people scrub information.
We would like it to get the information “unscrubbed.” Anyone with information is invited to provide.

http://purifyingafrica.blogspot.co.il/2016/11/exposing-african-mafia-and-corruption.html

EXPOSING AFRICAN MAFIA AND CORRUPTION

 

PR campaign to put pressure on winding-up committee

Dori and Milbank met with Jonathan Russell of Lacing Limited, also on the afternoon of Monday 23 November, to discuss PR strategy. Jonathan suggests a two stage approach:

  • The first stage is to call journalists to create interest in the Kaupthing/Gertner story. The timing works well as Kaupthing is back in the media with its forthcoming composition.
  • The second stage (if deemed necessary) is to filter (to the same journalists) the story regarding Arrowsmith’s offer.

Next Stepts

25/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 6.5 Internal meeting with Scott Jardine and Matt Czyzyk. Drafting note on role of a HMRC in an IVA. Research into third party funding. Research into comparative CVA situation. Reading IRC v Wimbledon case, Research and drafting additional aspects of mem on challenges to an IVA to take into  account asset types, confidentiality, legal privilege, criminal offences, fraud and irregularity. Further discussion with Scott regarding required amendments.
25/11/2015 Raien Natalie 5.75 Attend meeting to discuss workflow. Research case law in relation to duties of the nominee and research of status of creditors as stated in the IVA proposal. Research of HMRC in relation to voluntary arrangements.
26/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Call to NIck Angel and discussing concerns about IVA proposal; reviewing emails concerning confidentiality; further discussion with Nick Angel, call from Nick Angel and discussing, arranging for Moshe Bordon to review court file and various emails to him.
26/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3.5 Further work on strategy paper, reviewing further materials to develop arguments, further factual research
26/11/2015 Kinninmont paul 0.5 Emails are Kaupthing and Clf (Bloomberg, internal). Reviewing consent order newly available on Court file; internal emails re same.
26/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.5 Research and drafting additional aspects of memo regarding challenges to an IVA. Meeting with Scott Jardine. Review of Gertner’s IVA proposal.
27/11/2015 Bordon Moshe 1.25 Attend High Court to check court filings for defence and counterclaim filing. Call to Commercial Court register
27/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.75 Reviewing email from Matt Czyzyk concerning strategy; internal meeting to discuss strategy and action plan; call with James Levy and Dori Klagsbald to update them, emails and discussion with Moshe Bordon about court file
27/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 3.75 IVA strategy challenge issues, PR ad approach; client, Jonathan Russell, Maitland and internal contact.
27/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3 Team meeting and strategy discussion, client call , case law and materials, further review of same and developing strategies, HBC call, various emails
27/11/2015 Kinninmont paul 0.5 Emails re bankruptcy petitions involving M Gertner (N Raine, S Jardine), Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
26/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3.5 …………..develop arguments, further factual research
26/11/2015 Kinninmont paul 0.5 Emails re Kaupthing and CLF (Bloomberg, internal), Reviewing consent order newly available on Court file; internal emails re same.
26/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.5 Research and drafting additional aspects of memo regarding challenges to an IVA. Meeting with Scott Jardine. Review of Gertner’s IVA proposal
27/11/2015 Bordon SEan 1.25 Attend High Court to check out filings for defense and counterclaim filing. Call to commercial Court registrar.
27/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.75 Reviewing email from matt Czyzyk concerning strategy; internal meeting to discuss strategy and action plan; call with James Levy and Dori Klagsbald to update them; emails and discussion with Moshe Bordon about court file.
27/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 3.75 IVA strategy challenge issues; PR and approach; client, Jonathan Russell, Maitland and internal contact
27/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3 Team meeting and strategy discussion, client call, case law and materials, further review of same and developing strategies, HBC call, various emails
27/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.5 Emails re bankruptcy petitions involving M Gertner (N Raine, S Jardine). Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
28/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.25 PR Issues; Jonathan Russell contact
30/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.75 Reviewing and amending draft letter to Simmons and email to NIck, Angel and Matt Czyzyk; emails to and from Nick Angel
30/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.25 PR progress; client, Jonathan Russell and internal contact
30/11/2015 Jardine Scott 0.5 Emails and research materials
30/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 1.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
24/11/2015 Czyzyk Mathew J 11 Consider application of Greystoke judgment. Develop list of questions to challenge IVA. Develop strategy for challenging IVA. Calls with JR regarding EL and terms. Mark-up EL and terms. Email  to Dori and James to summarise status.
24/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.5 Reviewing draft emails concerning next steps, strategy, Reviewing emails and email to Nick Angel and others and m Matt
24/11/2015 Harray Stuart M 2.25 Progressing letters issues and PR; client and internal con
24/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.5 NDA, voting analysis, legal research on various points re IVA disclosure and challenges, strategy discussion with MC
24/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.5 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, Internal). Brief research into new Kaupthing case.
24/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 4.25 Research and drafting additional aspects of memo on challenges to an IVA to take into account asset types. confidentiality, legal privilege, criminal offences, fraud and irregularity.
24/11/2015 Raine Natalie 2.75 Research inclusion of arbitration claims IVA. Draft and review non disclosure agreement with Lacing Limited.
25/11/2015 Angel Nichlas james 4 Call with counsel, analysis of arguments, review of paper for JR, review of confi issues re JR; call with JR
25/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 11.5 Internal catch-up. Call with -Martin Pascoe QC to discuss IVA. Call with J Russell to.discuss IVA disclosure. Draft letter to Simmons re IVA. Internal meeting regarding research on grounds for IVA challenge. Prepare note summarising grounds for challenge. Review Lacing engagement letter and terms.
23/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 8.25 Call with Dixcart to discuss Arrowsmith management. Meeting with MR to discuss hearing. Meeting with JR of Lacing to discuss PR strategy. Further research on breach of confidence.,Review IVA documents. Draft issues list relating to the IVA proposal.
23/11/2015 Charles Evans 2 Meeting with Dori Kingsblad and Mishcon de Reya, further meeting with Jonathan Russell.
23/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 2.25 Progress following Hearing outcome; Arrowsmith management issues; PR progress; client, Dixcart, Hassans, Jonathan Russell and internal contact.
23/11/2015 Jardine Scott 3.75 Attending court, discussing strategy and potential arguments  with team researching various points. of law inc HMRC preferential creditor and trust property„emails re same briefing SM and NR
23/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.5 Discussion with S McGuinness re this morning’s hearing; brief media search Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
23/11/2015 Mcguinness SeanJ. 3.75 Research into financial status of Orgate Limited and Fordgate Management Limited to determine M Gertner’s income. Research and drafting additional aspects of……….Unclear

FLEURETTE – GERTNER

19/11/2015 Jardine Scott 1.5 Call with counsel, strategy discussion with team, updating  research note, emails
19/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal )
19/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 4.25 Research and discussion with Matt Czyzyk. On the Israeli proceedings, whether docs are public. On the disclosure of the correspondence between Arrowsmith/Kaupthing, privilege and confidentiality issues Additions to note on challenges to the IVA Discussions with trainee. Giving instructions Cross border enforcement issues. Drafting email to US colleagues. on English Individual Voluntary Arrangements: Recognition in the United States
19/11/2015 Raine Natalie 4.75 Research law relating to bankruptcy petitions and disclosure
20/11/2015 Angel Nichlas james 3.5 Review of IVA proposal and related issues
20/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 6.5 Discuss law of confidentiality and privilege re disclosure of IVA and other documents. Review IVA documentation. Call with MR. Email to MR summarising available evidence re a challenge to an IVA. Finalise review of NDA and share comments with client Research case law on assets to be included in an IVA and confidentiality.
20/11/2015 Charles Evans 1 Reviewing IVA proposal and email to Nick Angel and Matt Czyzyk.
20/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Background material, client and internal contact
20/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.75 Initial review of IVA proposal, considering legal points and strategy, emails re same, briefing and discussing with SM and NR
20/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal).
19/11/2015 Raine Natalie 4.75 Research law relating to bankruptcy petitions and disclosure
20/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 3.5 Review of IVA proposal and related issues
20/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 6.5 Discuss law of confidentiality and privilege re disclosure of IVA and other documents. Review IVA documentation. Call with MR. Email to MR summarising available evidence re a challenge to an IVA. Finalise revIew of NDA And share comments with client. Research case law on assets to be included in an IVA and confidentiality.
20/11/2015 Charles Evans 1 Reviewing IVA proposal and email to Nick Angel and Matt Czyzyk
20/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Background material; client and internal contact
20/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.75 Initial review of IVA proposal, considering legal points and strategy, emails re same, briefing and discussing with SM and NR
20/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing /CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
20/11/2015 Raine Natalie 3 Research law relating to assets to be included in an IVA proposal. Research law relating to bankruptcy, petitions and disclosure.
22/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 0.5 Emails re call with Dixcart to discuss corporate matters re Arrowsmith
22/11/2015 Mcguinness SeanJ. 1.75 Research into case law concerning trusts in bankruptcy with a view to determining disclosure rules in relation to trust assets held beneficially by Gertner. Email correspondence with Scott Jardine
23/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 4 Meeting re Gertner bankruptcy hearing and follow-up, further analysis of IVA grounds to challenge
23/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 8.25 Call with Dixcart to discuss Arrowsmith management. Meeting with MR to discuss hearing. Meeting with JR of Lacing to ……Unclear
17/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 5.5 Meeting with Jonathan Russell…….Discuss and research obtaining public information on bankruptcy petition, Internal discussions on recognition of IVA overseas. Review and update IVA memorandum
17/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25  Meeting with Jonathan Russell and discussing with Nick Angel
17/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 2.25 Client, Lacing and Internal contact
17/11/2015 Jardine Scott 0.5 Bankruptcy petition status queries
17/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
17/11/2015 Raine Natalie 3 Review of information relation to bankruptcy petition and research of IVAs
18/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 1 Review of PR suggestion, calls Mischon, corres with DK
18/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 4.75 Discuss and consider the type of assets that will be included in an IVA Review and update IVA memo. Review draft CFL NDA.
18/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.5 Emails concerning possible call; reviewing Jonathan Russell’s proposal and email to Nick Angel
18/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Progressing issues; Internal contact
18/11/2015 Jardine Scott 0.75 Discussing various points with NR and SM, emails
18/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, internal)
18/11/2015 Mcguinness SeanJ. 2.25 Updating due diligence report with view to sharing with PR advisers. Review of Icelandic special prosecutor’s report
18/11/2015 Raine Natalie 2.5 Research assets and unsecured claims in an IVA
19/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 2.5 Call with Mishcon to catch-up: call with their counsel re strategy for Monday
19/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 4.5 Research and discussion on disclosure of litigation paper and exchanges with winding up committee in a potential IVA. Review CFL NDA. Call with MR to discuss documents received in opposition of bankruptcy petition Administration re payment of Iceland counsel invoice.
17/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 2 Finalise and email letter of response to Simmons, Initial call Arith Jonathan Russell regarding PR strategy
17/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 PR progress progressing issues, client, Lacing and internal

contact

17/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, Internal)
17/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 2 Drafting note on opposition to IVAs. Discussion with Matt C. Review of indicative IVA tImeline. Instructions to secretary. Further amendments.
17/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 5 Pre-call with PR agent Follow up call with client and PR agent Lma I to MR regarding correspondence Review memo regarding IVA law
17/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 2.25 PR calls progressing issues, client, Lacing and internal contact
18/11/2015 Jardine Scott 1.5 Call with new PR includIng pre-call in morning status update with MC
18/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg/Internal)
18/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 2 Call re PR strategy and meeting with PR consultant
12/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 3 Call with Maitland to discuss PR strategy. Update letter of response to Simmons. Emails with client regarding letter of response. Call with client to discuss response strategy
12/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.25 Emails from and to Nick Angel
12/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 Client, Maitland and internal contact
12/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg/Internal)
12/11/2015 Mcguinness 1.25 Finalizing draft of note Discussion with Senior Associate. Review of Kapoor case and Ebbvale case.
13/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 2 Finalise and email letter of response to Simmons. Initial call with Jonathan Russell regarding PR strategy
13/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 PR strategy;  PR progress progressing issues, client, Lacing and internal contact
13/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg/Internal)

FLEURETTE – GERTNER

09/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg re Kaupthing CLF; Internal emails re same
09/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 2 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Instructions to trainee. Research into IVA case law. Review of insolvency rules and powers of court.
09/11/2015 Raine Natalie 6 Review translation of Icelandic commission report. Research case law on challenge to a nominee in an IVA. Draft memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA.
10/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 4 Call Hannah BC / Stuart Harray, review of proposed letter, call with Counsel, internal discussion and review corres.
10/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 7 Call with Martin Pascoe QC to discuss Kaupthing claims and next steps. Update letter of response to Simmons. Draft summary email of correspondence, prepare note summarising evidence collated so far demonstrating collateral purpose/good faith. Discuss memo regarding IVA law with Natalie
10/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Car with Martin Pascoe and discussing with Nick Angel ; reviewing draft letter to Simmons and amending and email to Nick Angel, emails to and from Nick Angel and Matthew Czyzyk
10/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.75 Client,  Maitland and internal contact
10/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF
10/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 0.75 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Instructions to trainee.
10/11/2015 Raine Natalie 4 Draft memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA.
10/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 4 Call Hannah BC / Stuart Harray; review of proposed letter, call with Counsel internal discussion and review corres.
10/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 7 Call with Martin Pascoe QC to discuss Kaupthing claims and next steps. Update letter of response to Simmons. Draft summary email of correspondence, prepare note summarising evidence collated so far demonstrating collateral purpose/good faith. Discuss memo regarding IVA law with Natalie
10/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Car with Martin Pascoe and discussing with Nick Angel ; reviewing draft letter to Simmons and amending and email to Nick Angel, emails to and from Nick Angel and Matthew Czyzyk
10/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.75 Client,  Maitland and internal contact
10/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF
10/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 0.75 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Instructions to trainee.
10/11/2015 Raine natalie 4 Draft memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA.
11/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 1 Call with DK; follow up with team and review of corres
11/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 2.25 All parties catch up call. Emails with Andy Donald of Maitland. Update letter of response to Simmons.
11/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.25 Reviewing and amending draft letter and email to Nick Angel
11/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.75 Client and internal contact
11/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF
11/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 2 Drafting tactical memorandum concerning opposition to an IVA. Email correspondence with trainee. Internal discussion. Further review of insolvency rules. Checking.
11/11/2015 Raine natalie 4.5 Review memo in relation to legal position on a creditor’s ability to challenge an IVA
12/11/2015 Angel Nicholas James 0.75 Call to discuss PR issues and follow-up
04/11/2015 Jardine Scott 5 ………………………….Gertners, existing litigation against WUC members, case law for challenging an IVA, strategy re responding to. S&S with MC, NDA with NR
04/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Court file (Bloomberg, internal)
04/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 0.5 Review of correspondence between Simmons and Simmons and Mischon De Reya.
04/11/2015 Raine natalie 7.25 Compile background case-law research, Research grounds for challenging a nominee. Arrange Icelandic translations of commission report. Draft non-disclosure agreement.
05/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 0.5 Update re litigation proceedings and follow up from PR candidate drop-out.
05/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 1.75 Internal catch up to discuss case law and related memo
05/11/2015 Jardine Scott 2.25 Discussion of case law research with SS, NR and MC, reviewing materials, researching Kaupthing representatives who had spoken to MdR
05/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg; internal emails re Kaupthing / CLF
05/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.75 Meeting with team. Discussion with Scott Jardine and Matt Czyzyk regarding drafting of memo for client concerning potential arguments that may be raised to challenge Kaupthing vote on the IVA and defend CFL vote. Instructions to trainee. Research into case law. preparing case law index, Correspondence with litigation team regarding Bloomberg searches.
05/11/2015 Raine natalie 2.5 Research law relating to ability to challenge a nominee in an

VAT.

06/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 4 Consideration of strategy, review of Kaupthing correspondence.
05/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg; internal emails re Kaupthing / CLF
05/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.75 Meeting with team. Discussion with Scott Jardine and Matt Czyzyk regarding drafting of memo for client concerning potential arguments that may be raised to challenge Kaupthing vote on the IVA and defend CFL vote, Instructions to trainee. Research into case law. preparing case law index, Correspondence with litigation team regarding Bloomberg searches.
05/11/2015 Raine natalie 2.5 Research law relating to ability to challenge a nominee in an IVA
06/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 4 Consideration of strategy; review of Kaupthing correspondence, preparation of revised draft
06/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 1.5 Discuss and update letter of response to Kaupthing. Review particulars of claim
06/11/2015 Charles Evans 1.25 Emails from and to Stuart Harray
06/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.5 Client and internal contact
06/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails with Bloomberg re Kaupthing CLF
08/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.75 Amending draft letter
09/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 1.5 Updating letter of response. Emails with counsel.
09/11/2015 Charles Evans 0.25 Email from and to Nick Angel and emails to Matt Czyzyk.
09/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 1.25 Client and internal contact
03/11/2015 Jardine Scott 5.75 Call with MdR, researching various legal and factual issues, IVA process with NR, SM and case law, team meeting, discussing with MC of meeting with client representatives.
03/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Kaupthing / CLF (Bloomberg, Internal)
03/11/2015 Raine natalie 4.75 Meeting to discuss workflow and strategy. Prepare flowchart detailing time frame for an IVA. Run translations of report into the causes of the collapse of the Icelandic banks in 2008.
04/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 2.25 Meeting with Dori Klagsbald, review of correspondence, subsequent session re reply to S&S other letter. Call with PR candidate and follow up.

FLEURETTE – GERTNER

04/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 9.75 Meeting with Dori Klagsbald. Meeting with Dragon Review memorandum from Rettur. Review Rettur EL. Review Black Cube research note Review draft letter prepared by Black Cube. Discuss NDA draft. Review response from Simmons setting out rationale for refusal Drafting response to Simmons
04/11/2015 Charles Evans 3 Email to and from Nick Angel, reviewing documents provided by Dori Klagsbald and email to Nick Angel, meeting with Dori Klagsbald and others and discussing with Nick Angel, amending note of call with Simmons and email to Nick Angel
04/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.75 Client and internal contact
04/11/2015 Jardine Scott 5 Researching Kaupthing VVUC members and possible links to Gertners, existing litigation against WUC members, case law for challenging an IVA, strategy re responding to S&S with MC, NDA with NR
04/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.25 Emails re Court file (Bloomberg, Internal)
02/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Client and internal contact
02/11/2015 Jardine Scott 6.25 Team catch-up, call with Icelandic counsel, call with private investigators, IVA case law and procedure, opportunities to challenge, factual research, illegality of loans risk, briefing SM and NR on various tasks
02/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.75 Emails with Bloomberg to arrange daily checking of Court file/ hearing list in Kaupthing /CLF cases; updates emails (internal). Discussion with C Evans re documents on / updates to Court file in Kaupthing and CLF; emails re same.
02/11/2015 Sean Mcguinness 3.5 Research in respect of collateral purpose and unfair prejudice in terms of challenging an IVA. Discussions with Scott Jardine and trainee Review of information on Gertner and Gertler dispute. Liaising with litigation colleagues regarding bankruptcy searches and case progressions searches on Bloomberg.
02/11/2015 Raine natalie 3.5 Prepare flowchart detailing time frame for an IVA; Meeting to discuss status and next steps.
03/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 5 Meeting, pre-meeting and review of strategy, follow-up call with HBL & Mishcon. Review of documents provided by client.
03/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 7 Team meeting to discuss next steps. Revise workstream plan. Meeting with Dori. Meeting with PR team. Discuss email from Simmons re refusal of offer. Further background research, including on Nessergy link to claims. Review and discuss IVA summary note
03/11/2015 Charles Evans 3 Considering emails and Nessergy announcement and email to Stuart Harray. Meeting with Nick Angel and others; meeting wIth Dori Klagsbald and others. Email from Nick Angel and Matt Czyzyk and cal! to Nick Angel to discuss.

FLEURETTE GERTNER

02/11/2015 Nicholas Angel 4 Meetings with PR team and calls with Simmons, review of workstreams and Icelandic legal advice; corres with Simmons
02/11/2015 Matthew J. Czyzyk 4.25 Team meeting. summary rote of workstreams. Draft and email scope of work to Rettur. Call with Rettur to discuss findings. Initial call with MCI
02/11/2015 Charles Evans 3 Meeting with Nick Angel and others; meeting with Dragon Associates; with Nick Angel speaking to Robert Turner, email from and to Nick Angel; discussing with Paul Kinninmont court searches and email to Nick Angel; email from Robert Tutmer, reviewing sinks and emails to and from Nick Angel and Stuart Harray
02/11/2015 Harray Stuart M. 0.5 Client and internal contact
02/11/2015 Jardine Scott 6.25 Team catch-up call with Icelandic counsel, call with private investigators, IVA case law and procedure, opportunities to challenge, factual research, illegality of loans risk, briefing SM and NR on various tasks
02/11/2015 Kinninmont Paul 0.75 Emails with Bloomberg to arrange daily checking of Court file / hearing list in Kaupthing /CLF cases, updates emails (internal). Discussion with C Evans re documents on updates to Court fie in Kaupthing and CLF , emails re same

Dan Gertler – The Fleurette Group – A Religious Guy who Creates a Living Hell for Many

Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler

 

http://www.totpi.com/many-enemies-problems-dan-gertler/

Many Enemies and Problems of Dan Gertler

Dan Gertler has many enemies and many problems. But being his friend is no better. In 2002 David Rafaelov was convicted of smuggling huge amounts of uncut diamonds from Russia to Israel.

On March 9, 2004, he died in a Russian prison, the very day he was issued a pardon by President Putin.

In 2006 his widow began suing diamond tycoon Gertler for NIS 100 million (USD $28,000,000), claiming Gertler was responsible for her husband’s imprisonment.

According to his family, Rafaelov served for many years as Gertler’s man in Moscow and as his emissary in diamond deals.

In 2001 he was arrested by the Russian authorities and interrogated over a period of months on suspicion of smuggling raw diamonds out of Russia while committing acts of fraud.

In 2002 he was convicted and sentenced to eight years.

In their verdict, the Russian judges wrote that Rafaelov “joined the participants in a criminal conspiracy with the objective of running an illegal ring of natural gemstones -­‐(diamonds) within Russia, smuggling them, causing damage to the assets of the Russian State-­‐Federation and to the Alrosa diamond company, and of stealing a foreign asset for the purpose of obtaining illegal profits.”

Simply put, Rafaelov had been Gertler’s man in Russia responsible for smuggling rough diamonds out of the country on his behalf to Israel. For this Gertler is still subject to arrest and wanted by the Russian authorities, all these years later.

Having such serious problems with the Kremlin would make most people keep a low profile and stay out of trouble but Gertler clearly likes problems.

Just as if he did not have enough to worry about with the Och Ziff affair, these ongoing problems with the Russian government, an arrest warrant from the US Department of Justice and the UK Serious Fraud Office for his links to the ENRC affair and the constant scrutiny by various NGOs (such as the well respected Global Witness group) outing him as a corrupt, conflict diamond dealing supporter of African despots…

He is even listed on one website entitled “5 Real Life Evil Billionaires”! So in addition to all this, he has decided to manipulate and abuse the London judicial system to attack a business rival.

For the last few years Gertler has been fighting in the Israeli arbitration court with the Gertner brothers, Moises and Mendi. Gertler was represented by his loyal consigliere, Yaakov Weinroth, who has in the past not been without his own problems.

However, thanks to revelations ona new website, http://purifyingafrica.blogspot.co.il/2016/11/exposing-­‐african-­‐mafia-­‐and-­‐corruption.html it seems that Gertler is using his favored unconventional techniques to attack the Gertner brothers. The story goes like this (get ready for some details).

In June 2008 a company affiliated with Moises Gertner received a loan from UK registered company CFL Finance Limited (then known as Cable Finance Ltd).

Gertner gave his personal guarantee on this loan.

In 2011 an agreement was reached on the repayment schedule for this loan, and most of the loan was repaid. By July 2013, the outstanding amount was less than £500,000, significantly less than the original loan amount.

Over the next two years the Gertner brothers did not have the means to repay this final amount, after many repayments with a very high interest rate, and as Gertler had taken their money. However, they reached an agreement with CFL who agreed to wait for the remainder.

However, in September 2015, CFL suddenly called in the remaining debt, despite their agreement with the Gertners.

This is where the plot thickens, as they say.

It appears that also in September 2015, a company called Colosseum Consulting Limited (another UK registered company, owned by one Stuart Simon Harris), and acting on behalf of Gertler, entered into an agreement with CFL to pursue Moises Gertner for this debt.

Interestingly, Harris has links to rogue Israeli hacking company Blackcube, whose recent record includes having employees imprisoned in Romania.

So in accordance with this agreement Gertler agreed to finance the costs of the proceedings to recover the money from Gertner. Interestingly, another of Gertler’s Israeli lawyers – Dori Klagsbald – is also the ‘representative’ of Colosseum Consulting. Klagsbald was locked up in Israel 11 years ago for causing death by negligent driving.

So based on this agreement, CFL launched bankruptcy proceedings against Gertner in the UK, despite rejecting a better offer of repayment to settle (from a third party) and knowing that Gertner actually lacked the funds to settle the debt independently.

The sole purpose of these proceedings was therefore to attack and bankrupt Moises Gertner; the case made no legal or commercial sense in any other context.

But, critically, Gertler could not be seen to be manipulating these proceedings.

However, his involvement is made clear by a number of emails contained on the website listed above. Get ready for more details…

On November 18, 2015, Hannah Blom-­‐Cooper, a partner at big London law firm Mishcon de Reya, sent an email to two Milbank Tweed lawyers, Nick Angel and Matthew Czyzyk, both members of the Financial Restructuring Group. Blom-­‐Cooper is a ‘Legal Director’ who specializesin insolvency.

Milbank Tweed represent an offshore company called Arrowsmith, which in turn is part of Gertler’s main corporate vehicle, the Fleurette Group.

The contents of the email are intended to update Gertler about the progress of the CFL proceedings against Moises Gertner. Attached to the mail is a document which is a draft ‘Confidentiality & Transfer of Information Agreement’ between Colosseum, CFL, Arrowsmith and Fleurette.

The subject of the document is the case against Gertner and covers agreements for the sharing of information about the case between all four parties named above.

It is quite clear from this email that Gertler sits fully behind the attack on Gertner. It reads as follows:

In order to fund the Enforcement, CFL entered into a litigation funding agreement (the LFA) with Colosseum whereby Colosseum agreed to provide funding in respect of the costs and expenses of enforcing the debt owed to CFL by Mr. Gertner pursuant to the Settlement Agreement (the CFL Debt).”

It is clear from this that LFA had been signed by Fleurette, which sits fully behind CFL.

The document continues: “Mr. Gertner owes debts (the Other Debts) to various other parties (the Creditors) and Arrowsmith and Fleurette have approached various Creditors in respect of discussing the possibility of acquiring the benefit of their claims against Mr. Gertner (the Proposed Debt acquisition).”

In addition: “…the parties have agreed to provide each other with certain confidential information in accordance with the terms of this Deed.” So we clearly see Gertler approaching the other creditors of Gertner to acquire the debt (and the leverage) that these debts carry.

And all this is done through Colosseum, a Gertler entity, whose contact person is…Dori Klagsbald. Gertler was directly instructing the lawyers working for CFL in the London proceedings.

On November 20, 2015, an email was sent from Mishcon de Reya (CFL’s representatives) to Klagsbald attaching a proposal from Gertner to settlethe debt with CFL.

Mishcon lawyers were clearly seeking guidance from Klagsbald (and therefore from Gertler).

Gertler was also orchestrating a ‘black PR’ campaign against Gertner, again using well established London companies. Three days after the above email, on November 23, a further email was sent from Czyzyk (of Milbank Tweed, representing Arrowsmith) to Mishcon (representing CFL), to Klagsbald (representing Gertlerand Colosseum), and to James Levy of Hassans law firm in Gibraltar, another Gertler lawyer and President of Fleurett.

This mail refers explicitly to the leaking of information concerning the Gertner bankruptcy proceedings.

The mail refers to a ‘public relations’ strategy against Gertner mixing both the London bankruptcy proceedings and Israeli arbitration proceedings.

Under the heading ‘PR Campaign’ the mail sates: “Dori to circulate copies of articles in Israeli press regarding arbitration proceedings.” “Make calls to journalist and other interested parties (lawyers or creditors etc.) regarding the Kaupthing/Gertner story.”

Dori and Milbank met with Jonathan Russell of Lacing Ltd, also on the afternoon of 23 November, to discuss PR strategy. Jonathan suggested a two stage approach:

The first stage is to call journalists to create interest in the Kaupthing/Gertner story. The timing works well as Kaupthing is back in the media with its forthcoming composition.

– The second stage (if deemed necessary) is to filter (to the same journalists) the story regarding Arrowsmith’s offer.” “James and Milbank to update Maitland (Andy Donald) and Oren Lubow (FPL) on the proposed PR strategy, and to ensure that Jonathan coordinates with Andy and Oren.”

For the record, Lacing Ltd is run by Russell, a former journalist and investigator for Alaco, a London corporate intelligence firm; Lubow is a high ranking employee of Fleurette Properties Ltd (FPL); and Donald is a consultant and former government adviser with Maitland, the high-­‐end PR company. So, it is unequivocal.

Gertler is behind the attacks on Gertner and as per his usual methodology, he is using so-­‐called upright law firms and PR advisers to his bidding.

See in its original format on TOT: http://www.totpi.com/many-enemies-problems-dan-gertler/

Gun Licenses in Brooklyn in Exchange for Political Favors – More of Shaya Lichtenstein Investigation

LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM: CRIMES COMMITTED REPRESENT AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT – LM:

A police officer trades gun licenses for money and favors thereby committing one or several crimes. He defiles the very institution of criminal justice. A Brooklyn prosecutor involved in this scheme is not only committing a crime but violating the very tenets of the legal system and his oath as an attorney.

All of this is in the name of personal gain.

Is the law enforcement officer not also rigging the job market for other police officers? Is he not manipulating the tax system used to pay the salaries of those officers?  Is the prosecutor not also potentially creating more work for himself, thereby increasing dependence upon him and the office in which he sits?

We posit that corruption within the ranks of law enforcement, the justice system, the legal profession and the supporting political system represents an existential threat to our survival and should be viewed under that lens.

LM 

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/nyregion/3-former-police-officers-and-a-former-prosecutor-are-charged-in-widening-corruption-investigation.html?_r=0

3 Retired Officers and Ex-Prosecutor Charged in Graft Inquiry

Three retired police officers and a former Brooklyn prosecutor were charged on Tuesday in a widening federal corruption investigation into the New York City Police Department and its gun-licensing division.

The charges revolve around a scheme in which so-called gun-licensing expediters bribed police officers in exchange for approvals of hard-to-obtain gun permits, according to two criminal complaints unsealed on Tuesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The complaints also show that a former New York police sergeant, David Villanueva, and a gun-license expediter who interacted frequently with the department’s license division have pleaded guilty to bribery and other charges and are cooperating with the authorities.

The charges are the most significant development in the long-running police corruption inquiry since June, when two police commanders were arrested and accused of accepting expensive gifts from two politically connected businessmen in return for illicit favors. Sergeant Villanueva and an officer were also charged at the time in relation to the gun-licensing scheme.

The former officers charged on Tuesday were Paul Dean, who had been a lieutenant, and Robert Espinel; both had been assigned to the license division. A third defendant, Gaetano Valastro, who retired as a detective in 1999, owned and operated a store in Queens that sold firearms and related equipment and also provided firearms training courses, the complaint says.

All three men were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery; Mr. Dean and Mr. Espinel were also charged with one count of extortion and Mr. Valastro with one count of making false statements.

The former prosecutor who was charged is John Chambers, a lawyer who specialized in helping clients navigate the gun application process in both New York City and Nassau County. He was charged with bribery and conspiracy.

Mr. Chambers gave then-Sergeant Villanueva of the gun-licensing division tickets to Broadway shows, a Paul Picot watch valued at $8,000, tickets to sporting events, sports memorabilia and cash, according to a criminal complaint sworn by an F.B.I. agent. In return, Sergeant Villanueva “ensured that renewals of N.Y.P.D. gun licenses for Chambers’ clients were approved significantly faster,” the complaint charges.

Mr. Chambers was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

The charges were announced at a news conference on Tuesday by Joon H. Kim, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan; William F. Sweeney, the head of the F.B.I.’s New York field office; and James P. O’Neill, the police commissioner. The F.B.I. has been conducting the investigation with the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau since 2013.

The charges come weeks after a Brooklyn man, Alex Lichtenstein, was sentenced to 32 months in prison on charges that he paid police officials thousands of dollars in bribes to obtain expedited handgun licenses for his clients.

Did the Rebbe Hand Out Compassion for the sexually abused children His own Community Betrayed? PLEASE DO NOT CONTRIBUTE!!!

DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO CHABAD!

ONE OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS RECEIVED THIS LETTER TODAY, REPRESENTING WHAT WE VIEW AS SHEER AND UTTER HYPOCRISY.

WE ASK, WE PLEAD, THAT YOU PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO CHABAD.

THERE REALLY IS NO TELLING TO WHOM THE MONEY IS BEING DELIVERED AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE MONEY IS BEING USED. 2.3M HAS ALREADY BEEN “LOANED” TO PLATINUM PARTNERS AND THE GREAT PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE CHABAD COMMUNITY….

WHERE ELSE ARE YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS GOING? DO YOU REALLY KNOW FOR CERTAIN?

WE BELIEVE THAT YOUR DONATED MONEY IS LINING THE POCKETS OF THE CORRUPT, BEING USED TO COVER UP THE SECRETS OF SEXUAL ABUSE, DRUG ABUSE AND DEPRESSION, EPIDEMICS WITHIN THE CHABAD COMMUNITY.

WE ARE CONVINCED THAT THE MONEY WILL MAKE THE GRAND RABBIS VERY WEALTHY.

WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT MUCH, IF ANYTHING AT ALL, WILL BE USED TO HELP THE POOR.

 

LM – 10/11/15

By the Grace of G-d

Erev Yom Kippur, 5777 • October 11, 2016

Dear Friend,

A few hours before the onset of Yom Kippur each year, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, would enter the synagogue for prayer, holding a bag of coins. The tables were covered with scores, perhaps hundreds, of charity plates, representing an array of causes, from food for the poor and assistance for needy brides, to schools and mitzvah campaigns and more.

Despite his impossibly tight schedule, the Rebbe would deliberately and carefully place coins into every plate, taking great care not to skip a single one. Each represented a community or an individual who needed help, materially or spiritually.

In his urgent desire to help each individual, the Rebbe did not consider even one of them to be insignificant.

•   •   •

Emulating this extraordinary example, when we dig deep into our own resources to fill the plates of others, we encourage G-d to throw open His bank account of abundant blessings to each of us, to be judged with mercy and compassion for a truly happy, healthy and sweet year. And G-d, we know, has plenty to give.

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At Chabad.org, where millions regularly turn to fill their plates with spiritual inspiration, Torah learning, or practical tools to enrich their Jewish experience, we try to do our part.

Year-round our rabbis, editors, programmers and designers work with extraordinary urgency and devotion, motivated by the constant awareness that at the other end of the screen is an individual — millions of individuals! — who seek a lifeline.

Our team is able to fill those needs only thanks to wonderful, caring people like you who, recognizing the importance of this mission, happily partner with us to provide the necessary funding.

As Yom Kippur quickly nears, please consider:

Can you please partner with us to fill the plates of the Jewish People?

Remember: For many who turn to us every day, we — you! — are their only Jewish lifeline.

Would you please open your heart real wide and partner with us to help them?

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May your charitable partnership stand you in good stead as G-d opens His bank account wide, to bestow all of the deepest of His blessings upon you, your family and the entire world, to be inscribed and sealed for a Good and Sweet New Year!

Sincerely,

The Chabad.org Team

P.S. – For all of your final Yom Kippur informational needs, please visit our Yom Kippur site. For one of the many inspiring talks by the Rebbe listed there, click here.

P.P.S. – If you have already partnered with us during this campaign, we apologize for the repeated emails. We are trying our hardest to avoid duplication and we are most grateful to you for your support!

Also, if you are unable or unwilling to contribute, please note that this request is not a requirement but simply an appeal to those who are able to help. You are always welcome to enjoy our website and subscriptions, regardless of whether you make a contribution.

Finally, these books make great ones: My Rebbe (Even Israel-Steinsaltz), and the New York Times bestselling Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History (Telushkin) (updated paperback edition).

 

Lev Leviev, Arkady Gaydamak, Berel Lazar – Letter to the Editor

 

LEVIEV’S IMAGE AS NO. ONE PHILANTHROPIST MADE POSSIBLE BY USE OF AFRICA-ISRAEL FUNDS, HAS SERVED HIS PRIVATE FINANCIAL STANDING WHILE CONCURRENTLY DEFRAUDING INVESTORS  – LETTER TO THE EDITOR

We received the following letter to the editor which we are publishing as such. We were asked to kindly protect the author’s anonymity and are so doing. We have made very few edits.

We note that the author’s comments came to us without the source material and we will provide as it becomes available. We do not believe the lack of sources to preclude its publication and we welcome any comments.

LM

 

Dear LM,

I am writing to you as a follow-up to your articles regarding Lev Leviev, 23 Wall Street, Arkady Gaydamak, Africa Israel and the numerous interrelated properties, investments and contributions. I thought you should be aware of the following and would be grateful if you would publish. As a preface to my comments, you have already published information regarding lawsuits between Mr. Gaydamak and Mr. Leviev, which have been and continue to be ongoing. You may or may not know the history of those lawsuits or have access to the truth and accuracy of the occurrences and significant nuances. I write to you as a person with an intimate understanding of those events.

In 2012, in the course of the hearings in front of the High Court of Justice of London, where Gaydamak sued Leviev alleging Leviev fraudulently denied the existence of the Trust Agreement by which Leviev had the obligation of trust towards Gaydamak, the Justice Lord Jeffrey Vos (who is a Jew) said to Leviev at the beginning of the trial that Leviev is widely known in the world as one of the biggest financial contributors to the Jewish communities. He then asked Leviev how much he contributes Jewish causes. Leviev cast down his eyes and replied that, in accordance with the Jewish tradition that he respects, the amount of “tsedaka” should not be proclaimed publicly by the contributor, and then Leviev wrote some figures on a paper and presented it only to the judge’s eyes. Justice Lord Vos was visibly impressed.

There is no doubt that this event, which by no means should normally influence the “discovery of the truth”, nevertheless has influenced the opinion of Justice Vos concerning Leviev.

However, Leviev was not precise, that all his so-called contributions are made by fraud from the account of the public company “Africa-Israel” where Leviev is a major shareholder. The so-called contributions that he widely advertises, are in reality, paid by the shareholders who are mainly pension funds, with the money of the pensioners.

It should be noted in the context of many of your articles, “Africa-Israel” never reimbursed their investments.

Leviev also did was not punctilious to Justice Lord Vos and generally, when he failed to specify that all his so-called contributions are destined specifically for the Federation of the Jewish Communities of FSU where Leviev is a Head and where the so-called spiritual leader is Berel Lazar, who was to be the safeguard of the trust in question is rabbi. In exchange for this financing Berel Lazar blindly supports all frauds of Leviev who, in order to commit his frauds, has built for himself an artificial image of the man who respects the rules of Torah.

The representative of “Africa-Israel” bondholders Dan Avnon stated: “We find it’s unacceptable that “Africa-Israel” which hasn’t been able to repay money to its creditors, is making donations to third parties”.

Then, the public company “Africa-Israel”, in order to cover and justify Leviev’s frauds, issues official statements full of arrogance, such as: “Africa-Israel” sees itself as committed to active involvement in society and the community in which it operates together with its businesses, operations and entrepreneurship. In this spirit, all of “Africa-Israel” subsidiary companies undertake a wide range of community activities in the countries in which they operate, which is expressed among other ways in money donations and voluntary activities”.

This arrogant official statement of the public company “Africa-Israel” is the obvious evidence that Leviev, in order to build his artificial image of one of Judaism’s top philanthropists , is in actuality stealing from the public company and using not his own money but public money to further his own interests.

As in many other similar cases of severe breach by Leviev and “Africa-Israel” of law and regulations imposed upon public companies, the Stock Exchange Regulators are strangely silent.

Thus, in the course of the hearings in the High Court of Justice in London, Leviev, in order to obtain a favourable opinion about himself, lied to Justice Lord Vos concerning Leviev’s so-called contributions to the Jewish community.