The Petition’s Purpose
On 12 September 2019, another court hearing on the extradition of the alleged scammer Gal Barak to Austria will take place in Sofia.
EFRI supported Austria’s request for extradition through the petition at the last court hearing. In the interest of the injured small investors, the scams of Gal Barak must be cleared up. The responsibility for this investigation lies with the authorities in Austria.
The criminal proceedings against Gal Barak represent the first and hence precedent case of an European prosecutor against the fraudulent cross-border broker scams which have defrauded dozens of thousands of retail investors in Europe for about 10 years. It is of utmost importance to show those perpetrators, that justice prevails also online!
According to the European enforcment agencies, the Israeli Gal Barak and his accomplices are responsible for the operation of illegal and fraudulent cyberscams and boiler rooms. Dozens of thousands of retail investors in the United Kingdom and Europe have lost hundreds of millions.
Based on years of investigation and compelling evidence, an EU arrest warrant was issued against Gal Barak early 2019 at the request of the Austrian authorities. However, Gal Barak is currently in Bulgaria, where the Bulgarian authorities have not prevented him from continuing his fraudulent activities and from cheating investors. His cyberscam organization represents a direct and present threat to European investors.
The Austrian authorities have been trying for months to obtain extradition without success (Bulgarian case No вчнд 159/2019 г). No result! This also means for the victims in Britain and Europe that they will not be given justice. This petition is intended to respectfully draw the attention of the Bulgarian authorities to their support for an Israeli citizen and his accomplices in the practice of investor fraud.
Of course, Gal Barak is presumed innocent. It should only be ensured that he has to answer to the accusations of the public prosecutors of different jurisdictions in court. The many victims in UK and Europe are entitled to this right of judicial review.
Basic Concept of the Petition
The basic concept of the petition is to address the Bulgarian Prosecutor General with a petition email with a copy to the diplomatic representation concerned. The petition asks
- to further the investigations,
- to find the truth as well as
- to provide justice to victims
by supporting the extradition of GAL BARAK. In the very best interests of the victims and a safe financial market.
How to become a Cybercrime Petitioner
Victims of broker scams and supporters of EFRI’s cybercrime fight can support the petition in two ways.
- Email to prosecutor: download (button sidebar) and signing one of the petition templates, send it to the Bulgarian prosecutors office and to your relevant diplomatic representation in Bulgaria (e.g. Germans should address and send it to the German embassy and Swiss victims should address and send it the Swiss authorities…). the appropriate email-addresses are in the letters.
- Online Voting: by submitting the declaration of support online using the support form (sidebar).
The petition’s goal is in no way the prejudgement of persons and organizations, but to finally bring justice for the defrauded victims before the appropriate courts. In the interest of the victims and a secure financial market.
What we do with the Petition
We will publish the results of the petition online and will hand them also over to the responsible law enforcement authorities and their political leaders in the various jurisdictions. The petition should also be understood by politicians, officials and authorities as a message that cross-border cybercrime poses a threat to society and the financial system and must therefore be pursued consistently.
Petition Support Form
Addresses for petition
Austrian Embassy Sofia
c/o Andrea Wicke
Shipka Street 4, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgarien
Swiss Embassy Sofia/Bulgaria
Shipka Street 33, 1504 Sofia Center, Sofia, Bulgarien
British Embassy Sofia
c/o Emma Hopkins
9, Moskovska St
Deutsche Botschaft in Sofia
c/o Herbert Salber
Frederic Joliot-Curie” 25, 1113 g.k. Izgrev, Sofia,
Fax: +359 2 963 41 17
Frau Dr. Mariana Tcholakova
Honorarkonsulin der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, ul. Saborna 7, 4000 Plovdiv
Saborna 7, 4000 Plovdiv
Bul. 8-mi Primorski Polk 54
Etage 2, Office 2, 9000 Varna, Bulgarien.