Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Right to be Rich

George Soros provides further evidence he does have a God Complex:

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros lodged a claim Wednesday with the European Court of Human Rights, accusing the French courts of violating his rights by convicting him of insider trading.

The US financier was convicted by a Paris court in 2002 over a share deal involving French bank Societe Generale going back to 1988. He was fined 2.2 million euros ($2.3 million at the time) for insider trading.

....Michael Vachon, a senior aide to Hungarian-born Soros, said the financier's detractors had used the conviction to undermine his reputation.

"George Soros's political opponents have made strategic use of the French decision in their attacks," he said.

Soros has notably aligned himself against US President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

"By alleging that he engaged in illegal activity, they hope to draw attention away from his criticism of the president and to call into question the legitimacy of his financial support of Democratic causes," he added.

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