ST PETER PORT, Guernsey, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Beny Steinmetz, the businessman and philanthropist, has taken action against an NGO funded by George Soros following its refusal to comply with UK data protection rules designed to protect the rights of the individual.
The action against Global Witness should be viewed in the context of a forthcoming case brought at the High Court in London against FTI Consulting LLP ("FTI"), a former professional adviser to companies linked to the Steinmetz family, and Lord Malloch-Brown, FTI's Chairman for Europe, Middle East and Africa ("EMEA"). On November 27, 2012 Mr Steinmetz requested FTI, Global Witness and other entities to disclose personal data held on him, disclosures which are required under the UK Data Protection Act 1998. FTI complied but Global Witness refused to provide data, citing "journalistic privilege".
The disclosures from FTI showed that Lord Malloch-Brown disclosed purported information about Mr Steinmetz and companies associated with him to Mr Soros and entities associated with him. Mr Steinmetz believes, based on the disclosures from FTI that Global Witness holds disclosable information about him. Mr Steinmetz has lodged a complaint to the UK Information Commissioner against Global Witness.Mr Steinmetz believes that leaks from FTI at a time when it was advising Steinmetz-related companies, helped Mr Soros in his campaign against Steinmetz business interests. Mr Steinmetz and his family are among the beneficiaries of a trust which owns BSG Resources (BSGR), an international mining and minerals company with 6,000 employees and operations in 12 countries. BSGR has an interest in a substantial iron ore deposit at Simandou in Guinea which it owns jointly with the Government of Guinea and Vale, a Brazilian-owned international mining company. The High Court claim by BSGR and Mr Steinmetz states that its investigation showed that Mr Soros and NGOs associated with him were parties in a smear campaign against BSGR.