Skip to comments.Soros Fights Felony Conviction
Posted on 11/05/2007 3:56:07 PM PST by Richard Poe
|by Richard Lawrence Poe
Monday, November 5, 2007
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FOUR YEARS ago, leftist billionaire George Soros vowed to bring down President Bush, but failed. Now he is making another power play, this time in Europe. Soros knows Europe better than he does America. He may get what he wants this time; a reversal of his 2002 criminal conviction for insider trading.
On January 29, 2002, a French court convicted Soros of illegal trades in connection with a takeover attempt on a French bank. Soros appealed his conviction twice without success. Now he awaits his fourth trial at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This time around, he is not leaving the decision to chance.
Soros ran afoul of French law in the late 1980s when he became embroiled in a turf war between socialist and conservative politicians for control of the largest private bank in France, Société Générale.
Formerly a state bank, Société Générale was privatized by conservative prime minister Jacques Chirac in 1987. With the reelection of Francois Mitterand as president in 1988, the socialists regained power and sought to reclaim all the government property Chirac had sold off.
Mitterand was realistic however. He knew that most of the privatized firms would remain private. So he did the next best thing. He arranged for cronies to buy them businessmen friendly to the Socialist Party.
The socialists targeted Société Générale. They planned a friendly takeover of the bank, secretly facilitated by insiders, but cleverly disguised as a hostile takeover by outsiders. Thus the socialists would gain control of the bank, while allowing capitalist corporate raiders to take the blame in the press.
Mitterands finance minister Pierre Eugène Bérégovoy recruited investment banker Georges Pébereau to play the role of robber baron in the charade. Pébereau rounded up investors, luring them with promises that Mitterands government had guaranteed success.
Pébereau invited Soros to join the raiders, but Soros declined. He had a better idea for profiting from the upcoming acquisition.
When Pébereaus raiders struck in November 1988, Soros was ready. His Quantum Fund had loaded up on cheap Société Générale stock in advance. As expected, the share price soared when the raid began. Soros dumped his shares, pocketing about $2.2 million in profit. Pébereau made money too, winding up with a 10-percent share of Société Générale. The socialist takeover faltered, however. Mitterands operatives failed to gain a controlling share of the bank.
French investigators began scrutinizing LAffaire Société Générale in May 1990, but their probe stalled while Swiss authorities refused for six years to release critical evidence.
Several leading suspects died in the meantime. British media mogul Robert Maxwell was found floating dead in the Atlantic Ocean on November 6, 1991, after embarking on his yacht. Pierre Bérégovoy shot himself in the head -- twice -- on May 1, 1993. Lebanese banker Edmond Safra perished in a suspicious blaze set by unknown arsonists in his Monaco penthouse on December 3, 1999. Mitterand died of cancer on January 8, 1996.
In the end, only Soros was convicted. A Paris court found him guilty of insider trading on January 29, 2002. The Paris Court of Appeal ruled against him on March 24, 2005. The Cour de Cassation, Frances highest court, found him guilty once more on June 14, 2006.
Under French law, Soros could have been jailed for two years, but the French let him off with a $2.9 million fine.
Soros has only scorn for the court's leniency however. He demands full vindication. While admitting that he profited from Pébereau's raid, Soros insists that he broke no law.
It is a bizarre thing because I was the only one who was found guilty when the whole of the French establishment was involved, Soros complained to CNN on January 28, 2003.
While awaiting his next trial, Soros has busied himself buying influence among European elites.
At a speech in Brussels on November 20, 2006, Soros denounced America for lawless warmongering and praised Europe as a model and motive force for a global open society. He offered to finance Europes renaissance through his foundations, stating, I am ready to support an Open Society Initiative for Europe.
Next Soros launched the co-called European Council on Foreign Relations. Fifty dignitaries, including former presidents and prime ministers, have enrolled as members. The opening event will take place this Friday, November 9, at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin.
Soros clearly aims to position himself as a kingmaker in Europe. Whether or not this tactic will influence his upcoming trial remains to be seen.
|Richard Lawrence Poe is a contributing editor to Newsmax, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. His latest book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party, co-written with David Horowitz.|
So if a felon gives Democrats big bucks it is OK?
Why don’t we extradite him and let him appeal his conviction in France?
Soros launched the co-called European Council on Foreign Relations. Fifty dignitaries, including former presidents and prime ministers, have enrolled as members. The opening event will take place this Friday, November 9, at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin.
Quite the gathering including Brian Eno and the Chairman of the People in Need Foundation.
Thanks for the heads up.. and this gathering will be at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin to boot? How progressive of Germany? I guess Foggy Bottom couldn’t squeeze ‘em in ;-)
Too bad France didn't jail him!
"..On Black Wednesday (September 16, 1992), Soros became immediately famous when he sold short more than $10 billion worth of pounds, profiting from the Bank of England's reluctance to either raise its interest rates to levels comparable to those of other European Exchange Rate Mechanism countries or to float its currency.
Finally, the Bank of England was forced to withdraw the currency out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism and to devalue the pound sterling, and Soros earned an estimated US$ 1.1 billion in the process. He was dubbed "the man who broke the Bank of England."
The Times October 26, 1992, Monday quoted Soros as saying: "Our total position by Black Wednesday had to be worth almost $10 billion. We planned to sell more than that. In fact, when Norman Lamont said just before the devaluation that he would borrow nearly $15 billion to defend sterling, we were amused because that was about how much we wanted to sell."
According to Steven Drobny, Stanley Druckenmiller, who traded under Soros, originally saw the weakness in the pound. "Soros' contribution was pushing him to take a gigantic position," in accord with Druckenmiller's own research and instincts.
In 1997, during the Asian financial crisis, then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad accused Soros of using the wealth under his control to punish ASEAN for welcoming Myanmar as a member. Later, he called Soros a moron. Thai nationals have called Soros "an economic war criminal" who "sucks the blood from the people"..."
To bad Soros did not die in a Thai prison or shot by one of his many financial victims.
I’ve been wondering if there is a way to find
out if Soros trades oil/gas futures.
That thought has been on my mind lately...
France just fined him. He is not at risk for jail.
Please let me know if you want ON or OFF of my Hillary ping list.
Technically, I suppose this isn't a Hillary story, but it does provides insight into the quality of Hillary's financial backers.
Given how often it happens, one must conclude it is indeed "normal."
Buffett is betting against the USD.
Soros ignored even this and launched into his Nazi-accented rant about evil Republicans, how he will bring them down, defended good buddy Hillary's bad performance last week, yada, yada.
At which point I yelled an unprintable expletive and tuned to more enjoyable programming.
Soros is one of the most DANGEROUS men in the world!! He is VILE and EVIL and will do ANYTHING to DESTROY Bush and AMerica, by manipulation in currency and stupid people,,ala financing MoveOn.org and groups like that.
My money is on him being behind oil and gas futures and also the falling dollar. He and Buffet were betting big against the dollar.
And he’s dating QUEEN NOOR! Good Grief!
You beat me to it!
He would be a lot better looking if he were standing on a gallows platform with a rope around his neck.
The Left has no problem taking big bucks from this shady international capitalist. Yet they rail against capitalism. They really have no principles, and would make a deal with the Devil if it would help them gain power.
I never thought I’d find myself arguing on behalf of Soros, but I kind of get a kick out of what he did. A gang of crooked French socialists invites him into a crooked deal, he cheats them instead, they proceed to knock each other off, and now they’re PO’ed at him. Good. Go to it.
Having said that, I wouldn’t mind seeing him thrown into jail for about a thousand other things. He is truly a malign force for evil in our world.
Maybe I'm reading this all wrong. /shrug
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