Crimes against humanity: Two complaints against Siemens from Romania and Argentina

From Argentina:

Bribery Whistleblower Claims Siemens Sicced Argentine Death Squad on Him

Monday, September 17, 2012

MIAMI (CN) – Siemens sicced “mercenaries” to beat and torture a government worker who blew the whistle on its multimillion-dollar bribes to Argentine officials, in pursuit of a $1 billion government contract, the man claims in court.

     Carlos Moran sued Siemens in Federal Court. Siemens’ head office in Germany and its Argentine branch are the only defendants.
     Moran claims he worked as an investigator for SIGEN (Sindico General de la Nacion) “when he was brutally attacked by the mercenaries hired by Siemens Argentina.”
     (Síndico is a multipurpose noun which may be translated as attorney general, treasury, or trustee. In his complaint, Moran describes SIGEN as “an independent governing body of the internal control system within the Argentine government, charged with ‘… ensuring the implementation of principles of financial regularity, legality, economic, efficient and effective delivery and implementation of public resources.'” That language closely tracks SIGEN’s description of itself in its Spanish-language Web page.)
     “Siemens AG and Siemens Argentina were involved in an over ten-year long corruption scheme centered on securing a $1 billion government contract in connection with Argentina’s National Identity Card Project,” Moran says in the complaint. “As part of this scheme, defendants made over $100 million in illegal bribes to many high-level government officials, including Moran’s former boss, Raphael Bielsa, the head of SIGEN, in exchange for a favorable advisory opinion on Siemens Argentina’s contract proposal.”
     Siemens paid $1.6 billion to settle bribery corruption charges in this case, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The SEC and the Department of Justice then brought parallel charges against seven Siemens executives and former executives, in December 2011.
     Moran says he recommended that Argentina reject Siemens’ proposal to make the ID cards because he suspected the company was inundated with corruption, but his boss ignored his findings.
     “Siemens Argentina was aware of Moran’s review of the Siemens Argentina proposal and of his recommendations to Bielsa, specifically, that such proposal be rejected because of its apparent corruption of certain government officials,” the complaint states.
     “When Moran threatened to disclose the results of his review, including his suspicion of bribery of a number of Argentine government officials and the apparent bribery of Bielsa, he was threatened with retaliation by Bielsa if he persisted in such disclosure. When verbal threats to Moran proved to be inadequate to dissuade him from his disclosure, he was brutally attacked and beaten outside of his home. Moran repeatedly was punched and kicked about the head, rendering him unconscious and causing permanent damage to his vision and hearing. Prior to his losing consciousness, Moran heard his attackers repeatedly calling him a ‘whistle blower,’ in an obvious attempt to warn him against any further attempt to disclose the subject of his investigation,” the complaint states.
     Moran claims Siemens’ goon squad was made up former Montoneros, left-wing guerillas who were active in the 1960s and ’70’s, and a man who was and adviser to Argentina’s former President Carlos Menem.
     “Moran recognized some of his attackers, who were associated with the group, including an individual know to him as Rodolfo Galimberti, who was, at one time or another, in the employ of Siemens Argentina and was a close associate and advisor of Carlos Menem, the former president of Argentina,” the complaint states.
     “Galimberti, a known guerilla and former leader of the Montoneros criminal organization, is responsible for numerous accounts of urban violence, bombings and kidnappings, including the widely publicized kidnapping of billionaire Jorge Born, for which the Montoneros group received $60 million in ransom.
     “Upon information and belief, Siemens Argentina was responsible for the retaliation against Moran by Galimberti whose attack upon Moran was for the purpose of silencing him as a result of his threatened disclosure of the result of his review of Siemens Argentina’s proposal, and also to protect Bielsa, the head of SIGEN, from potential corruption charges and prosecution for his intentional concealment of the corruption of Argentine government officials in connection with the Siemens Argentina proposal.
     “After the project was suspended and finally canceled on May 18, 2001 by Carlos Menem’s successor, President Fernando De la Rua, Siemens AG and Siemens Argentina continued to bribe officials of the new government administration, including President de la Rua himself, in an effort to get the project back on line.
     “These bribes were executed through several shell companies, set up as payment intermediaries, to funnel bribes to the government officials. These various companies were collectively known as the ‘project group.’ One of the companies involved was MFast, a company owned by the former Minister of Justice, which was set up to receive a $1 million bribe to influence the head of SIGEN, Bielsa, Moran’s former boss, to recommend the approval of a revised contract between Siemens Argentina and the new administration of the Argentine government.”
     The meetings to negotiate the bribes took place in Miami, and some of the bribes were funneled through U.S. bank accounts, Moran says.
     The complaint adds: “Despite Siemens Argentina’s efforts, the contract was never reinitiated and, as a result, Siemens Argentina instituted an arbitration proceeding against the government of Argentina for breach of contract, seeking $550 million for lost profits and expenses for Argentina’s alleged wrongful termination of the project.
     “The pending arbitration proceeding presented another motivation for Siemens AG and Siemens Argentina to ensure that Moran did not expose the corrupt practices involved in securing the project as evidence of such corruption would provide a potential defense for the new government of Argentina in proceedings.
     “After being threatened outside his home at gunpoint, Moran was forced to resign from his job at SIGEN in late 2001, in fear for his life and in fear for the lives of his wife and son.”
     “Moran had worked for SIEGEN and various other Argentine government compliance agencies for over 37 years but now as a result of erroneous and disparaging allegations by his former superiors, he is unemployable in any governmental capacity. In fact, Moran has been unable to secure permanent employment at all due to the permanent disabilities he sustained when he was brutally attacked by the mercenaries hired by Siemens Argentina.
     “The assaults, threats, and intimidation to which Moran has been victim to include, but are not limited to, physical assaults at gunpoint, being run off the road, stalking, continuous harassing phone calls to his home, threats of kidnapping, and threats to burn down his home, including leaving incendiary devices and photographs and newspaper articles of homes burned down by fire outside his home.
     “The years of physical and mental abuse have caused irreparable damage to Moran and his family. The constant fear in which Moran, wife and son have been forced to live has caused plaintiffs to suffer both physical and emotional injuries. As a result of the extreme violence he has witnessed and the fear he has endured, beginning at such a young age, Moran’s son has developed a severe stuttering problem which he continues to receive therapy for to this day.”
     Morans seek more than $100 million in damages for attempted extrajudicial killing; torture; cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; and crimes against humanity.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/09/17/50338.htm

From Romania:

The lawsuits are displayed on http://portal.just.ro/59/SitePages/Dosar.aspx?id_dosar=3000000000022157&id_inst=59

 

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– Siemens Is Sued for Rights Violations by Argentine – Bloomberg

 

updated on February 5, 2017

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One comment on “Crimes against humanity: Two complaints against Siemens from Romania and Argentina

  1. Google translation

    The German “Continental” is at the center of a new scandal in Romania after an employee SC “Continental Automotive Romania” SRL, based in Timisoara, was “Siemens VDO Automotive Romania” Ltd., decided to make a criminal complaint against management company, which he accused the bloc of non-implementation of a final judgment that provided retroactive wage payment within 15 days of sentencing.

    In the criminal complaint filed with the Prosecutor’s Office Court of Timisoara, registered under no. 4047/P/2010, Nicolae Bogdan Suditu having by program requires criminal liability Christian von Albrichsfeld general manager, plant manager Peter Gruen, Aurel Stanciu financial manager and human resources manager for selling abusive Anica Stoica the employment contract and refusal to be reinstated to the same post after he won that right in front of the court.

    Accounts SC Continental Automotive, seized by the bailiff

    In the complaint filed with the Prosecutor’s Office, told how the applicant behaved German managers after courts decided retroactive reinstatement and payment of wages, denial of leaders from the former Siemens VDO Automotive Romania being claimed as “German law” which would govern labor relations within these companies with foreign capital.

    “I am an employee of the Company on 12.01.2004 Continental Automotive Romania SRL, with different programs. On 18.04.2008 I was opened disciplinary grounds. I challenged this decision in court for dismissal. On 13.11.2009, the Court of Appeal decided Timisoara throw parties in the previous situation issuance of the act of dismissal and ordered the employer to pay compensation unit equal wages indexed and updated plus other duties that I have received as an employee. Leadership SC Continental Automotive Romania SRL invited me to introduce myself to work on date 08.02.2010, the Way of the Martyrs, 1989, no. 1 Timisoara, I complied with requirements. Subsequently, the factory management has prevented the implementation of the final and irrevocable failure chartered accountant available documents necessary to establish the salary index, increased and updated, “says Nicholas Suditu in the criminal complaint.

    Moreover, the Continental accuses former employee management team as the conditioning reintegration of former job execution psychological control. “Execute mention conditioning reintegration of psychological control by the undersigned, unsolicited psychological control any other employee who occupies the position that I occupy, the programmer. In my observation on the fact that this request is a clear discrimination from their peers, the management of Continental Automotive Romania waive performing a psychological control, “says plaintiff, indicating that, although the court has determined rehiring the old place work has been consistently denied access to productive unit at Siemens no. January.

    “The dates 10.02.2010, 16.02.2010, 18.03.2010 I was not allowed to work and then I was accepted at the work of Martyrs Way 1989 1, limited access to the meeting room, dining room and bathroom. ” Given that Continental Automotive Romania SRL refused and retroactive payment of wages in case of unfair dismissal the employee, on 16.03.2010 Cristian Craciun bailiff sent to addresses 31 banks, which they called the bank accounts of Continental Automotive poprierea until the outstanding payment on account of Nicholas Suditu. The thing that actually happened …

    Severance payments to give up charge of “illness”

    After all these chicanes professional Suditu Nicholas snapped and he submitted his resignation to the program, which shocked gesture for good lawyer, Adrian Garboveanu. “I’ve won all processes with German employer, was reinstated to his old job, it is true, with great difficulty, and was to negotiate severance pay not to open a process to prove that my client in period they worked in the factory, contacted an illness. Although initially Nicholas Suditu claimed compensation amount of one million euros, completely unrealistic in this situation, I had several rounds of negotiations with the management company, and we reached the agreement, the decision to be compensated by the amount of 30 net salary. To my surprise, immediately after I press that following negotiations, we received 30 severance pay, Suditu and resigned and willingly left the factory, “says Adrian Garboveanu, indicating that the then not seen his client.

    “I’m waiting to see what solution will give my criminal complaint prosecutors to. It is not possible to blame the Germans to make their own laws in Romania, mocking employees, “said Nicholas Suditu us. In an attempt to find and view the SC Continental Automotive Romania SRL about this scandal I tried to contact Virginia Radoslav, assistant manager and spokesperson of the institution. Given that he has not responded to repeated phone calls, we went to the Continental unit of Martyrs path where we were admonish the young inquisitorial tone PR specialist is on vacation. “Have you an appointment? We called Miss Radoslav? It is on vacation, I think. Call back this week or next week to get the information you need, “he recommended young guarding the entrance to the plant, after we asked for a phone number where possibly to be contacted by the management company.

    German protocols prohibit, perhaps, the disclosure of information about current and former employees, which is why we are still waiting view of SC Continental Automotive Romania SRL on the subject.

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