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New Nonprofit Launches to Fight Foreign Corruption

From time to time, corruption rears its ugly head in national and state politics and the appropriate law enforcement authority finds it and prosecutes it.

It’s a credit on the U.S. system that such corruption is not accepted.

In foreign countries, corruption is much worse, and their media and justice systems are far weaker than in the U.S.

A new nonprofit, the Global Justice Foundation, was recently launched by international businessman Omar Ayesh with the sole mission of exposing corruption abroad.

Former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr is the foundation’s legal counsel and former federal prosecutor Sydney Powell is the board chairman.

Their mission is focused on raising standards of business ethics around the world, particularly in parts of the world where foreign government officials undermine the fair market through corruption, falsification, racketeering and fraud.

The foundation recently participated in a panel discussion at the National Press Club, and the discussion included highlighting the largest case of real estate fraud in the history of the Middle East. In that case, a current Saudi Arabian cabinet minister which has been tied up in the United Arab Emirates’ legal system for more than 11 years.

“My case is similar to other cases which will be taken by the Global Justice Foundation,” said Mr. Ayesh. “Our mission at the Global Justice Foundation is to shine the light, raise awareness and educate people about different cases so they know how to avoid becoming victims. It is the most important is to send a clear message that whenever there is a case and evidence there is corruption, we will do all the investigation and shine the light on corruption.”

Foreign investment often hinges on nations proving that they are modernizing their economies and justice systems.

“No one is above the law which is easy to say and hard to achieve,” said Mr. Starr. “Especially when you have power. And you have the power to order the transcending of the law.”

This may appear to be a lonely battle for this nonprofit. But it’s not.

“The Foundation does not stand alone. Increasingly across the world there are foundations and institutes that are beginning to speak out and they are network affects speaking with another. The lights are being turned on around the world the darkness is being eliminated. The light being shined and therefore the press. Let’s eliminate the darkness and seek justice,” said Mr. Starr, who will serve as volunteer legal counsel for cases taken on by foundation.

“I am honored to be part of this Foundation. Now we want to, with Omar’s vision, help push criminal justice reform worldwide. We have a huge problem worldwide; business requires certainty within which to operate…If Dubai wants to be the financial capital of the Middle East it’s going to have to create a legal system that pays more than lip service to the rule of law. It has to actually enforce the rule of law,” said Powell.

The mission of the Global Justice Foundation is to help those in need of resources to seek justice and shine the light of truth. The Foundation will undertake research into corruption and white-collar crimes internationally.

Currently the foundation is investigating the case of UAE based Tameer Holding including documentary evidence of blackmail, bribery, forgery, fraud, misappropriation of assets valued in the billions, threats to court-appointed experts, and attempts to illegitimately influence the judiciary. A briefer on the case can be watched online.

Any effort to fight corruption, wherever it exists, should be welcomed and supported.

Matt Mackowiak is president of Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.-based Potomac Strategy Group. He’s a Republican consultant, a Bush administration and Bush-Cheney re-election campaign veteran and former press secretary to two U.S. senators.

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