Breakthrough For International Whistleblowers

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

LIVE INTERNATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER SEMINAR 

26 MAY 2015

The Luna-Centre for Responsible Democracy is co-sponsoring an important international seminar on how whistleblowers from around the world can use U.S. laws to expose corruption.

“Breakthrough in Protecting International Whistleblowers: Non-United States Citizens Now Entitled to Whistleblower Protections and Rewards” will take place at the Unitic Business Center, Sarajevo, BiH, on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (CEST, GMT+1).

The seminar will be broadcast via free LIVE STREAM starting at 11 a.m. (CEST, GMT+1).  Visit the Global Whistleblower website to access the free LIVE STREAM.

Stephen M. Kohn, a preeminent whistleblower attorney from the United States, will host the seminar. Mr. Kohn will explain how whistleblowers can use U.S. laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, to expose corruption and obtain rewards regardless of their country of citizenship. Mr. Kohn represented the UBS/Swiss bank whistleblower who obtained a $104 million award from the U.S. government.

This informational seminar is part of the National Whistleblower Center’s International Anti-Corruption Campaign. The seminar is also co-sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the support of the U.S. Embassy international speakers program.

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Today the National Whistleblower Center issued a press release regarding Raoul Weil, the former head of UBS’s Global Wealth Management business. Weil was extradited to the United States from Italy where he was arrested on an international warrant after being indicted for his role in conspiring to violate U.S. tax laws. He is scheduled to appear for a hearing in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale today.

 

In the statement issued today by Stephen M. Kohn, the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center and one of Mr. Birkenfeld’s attorneys, Kohn warned that the Justice Department “may give Weil a sweetheart deal that could cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, and set back international efforts to curb corruption.” 

Kohn pointed to a highly improper “deal” cut with Martin Liechti, who formally ran the America’s program under Weil’s leadership at UBS.  “Liechti was caught red-handed in the United States, but was permitted to plead the ‘Fifth Amendment’ in testimony before Congress, and soon after permitted to leave the United States without having to face justice for his illegal actions in hiding billions of dollars from the IRS,” Kohn said.  

Read the NWC’s full press release here.  

Weil is pictured here in his December 13, 2013 booking photo. 

 

The Swiss parliament finally approved the deal made between UBS and the U.S. government that requires UBS to turn over the names of 4,450 U.S. citizens who held accounts at the Swiss bank. The NWC issued the following release:

Washington D.C. June 17, 2010. In an unprecedented move the Swiss parliament voted to approve a deal between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and UBS in which UBS has agreed to turn over the names of 4,450 U.S. citizens who held secret and illegal bank accounts at UBS.
Lindsey M. Williams, Director of Advocacy and Development of the National Whistleblowers Center, said:
“Today’s news is bittersweet. While the Swiss government will finally be releasing the names, the outcome is far from a fairytale ending for taxpayers…

 

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