Israeli academic Dr. Gal Luft, who could not escape from the radar of the FBI after telling the Justice Department Investigation Office about the corruption involving the Biden family, disappeared into the background. Luft, a US and Israeli citizen, was detained when he landed at Larnaca International Airport in Southern Cyprus on February 16. When he was detained in Larnaca, he was in a hurry to deliver the 100 tons of aid he had organized for earthquake victims in Turkey.
The American administration was after Luft on charges of illegal arms trade. After being released on bail on March 28, Luft disappeared without waiting for the first hearing. It was understood that he fled when he did not go to the Paphos police station, where he was required to sign in accordance with the conditional release rules.
I wrote the story of Luft on the Gazete Duvar on March 27, talking to his close circle. I will try to share the information I got from the same sources about new developments.
The reason for his departure from the island was the pressure of the USA to be thrown into a solitary cell in a maximum security prison in Nicosia until his extradition. At the first hearing on April 4, Luft decided to flee after receiving information that he would be arrested again. Conditions inside were not good: His medication was not given, he was afraid of poisoning while he was held, he ate the food his friends brought from outside. He left the island on 31 March, fearing terrible conditions, ill-treatment and extradition.
First of all, Luft denies the arms smuggling charge as "a vulgar lie". He emphasizes that the information he gave to the Department of Justice officials about the Biden family on March 28-29, 2019 was fully confirmed by the information obtained from the computer of Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, in October 2020.
If Hunter Biden's computer contains enough material to burn the family, and now the world knows about it, why doesn't the FBI give up on Lutf?
Luft draws attention to several points:
- The administration is running a counter-campaign claiming that it is a Russian operation to break the power of the disclosure that was made with Hunter Biden's computer. This argument also has a counterpart in American politics. But Luft is an insider who worked as a consultant at CEFC China Energy, the Chinese energy company that funded Hunter Biden. The allegation of the Russian operation cannot invalidate his testimony.
- There is another situation beyond sharing information that will burn the Biden family: The crime committed by the Justice Department and the FBI, which chose to cover up Luft's testimony while the information on Hunter Biden's computer had not yet been released, is now the real issue. The 'silencing' of Luft gains importance in this respect.
- After the midterm elections in November 2022, the Republicans had the chance to take over the Biden file by gaining the upper hand in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives Oversight and Accountability Committee contacted Luft's attorney for information. The Justice Department and the FBI were backed into a corner when members of Congress realized that the testimony given in 2019 was under the carpet. Thus, the direction of the story changed from Biden's crimes to the public authority's covering up of these crimes.
Luft states that as soon as it became clear that the Democrats would lose in the election, as of November 1, 2022, they prepared a file alleging arms trade to silence him.
Why does Luft feel the need to evade American judgment now that the political pressure from the Republicans is getting stronger on his side?
Based on what happened to former Hong Kong Home Secretary Patrick Ho, who was arrested in 2017 and held in prison for 2.5 years, Luft believes that he will not be given a fair trial and will be isolated and silenced. Ho was vice chairman of the China Energy Fund Committee at CEFC. Ho was detained at JFK Airport on November 18, 2017. He was accused of bribing the leaders of Uganda and Chad a total of $3 million, as well as mediating the evasion of sanctions on Iran. Prosecutors focused on allegations that China paid bribes for the Belt and Road Initiative. But according to the Ho front, neither the witnesses were heard nor the accusations were proven. Ho was not allowed to bring up the Biden family ties at the hearings. The prosecutor did not include the statements on this subject in the file, saying 'political'. This is how the 'big story' was abducted from the jury.
According to Luft, it was clear from the beginning that the FBI would not play a clean game: First of all, a weak country like the Republic of Cyprus, which is open to pressure, was chosen for the capture operation, not Israel, where it resides. The question he asks is: “If the crime is proven, why wasn't the button pushed in Israel?”
Moreover, there is an extradition treaty between Israel and the United States. However, under the agreement, if the extradited person is convicted in the United States, he can serve his sentence in an Israeli prison. This is something that the American administration does not want; He must be under control while in prison.
In 2019, when Luft wanted to share the information it had, the American side objected to the meeting being held in Israel. Therefore, the meeting, which lasted for a total of 18 hours, was held in Brussels on 28-29 March 2019. Israeli law requires its own intelligence service to be present in meetings with foreign services. In other words, the American administration did not want Israel to meddle in the file from the very beginning.
There was also a dirty intervention in the process of being released on bail in Cyprus. A bail fee of 400 thousand euros was determined in the court. However, although several banks were tried, the money transfer was blocked. A property in Cyprus was requested to be shown as collateral. This time the land registry system was hacked. Different ways have been tried. In the end, the bail condition was fulfilled by obtaining a document from the land registry administration with difficulty.
Manipulation was also carried out regarding the accusations. Allegations were served to the media that he was accused of illegal arms trade and that there was an Interpol search against him. But there was no Interpol call. In addition, the charge file shown to Luft and his lawyer did not contain elements directly related to the crime, such as gun sales, transfer or payment. The accusation consisted of the information that he was considering purchasing a gun and that he had contacted someone and asked for a price. In addition, the date of the alleged crime is 2015-2016. Despite the statute of limitations, the file was opened on November 1, 2022.
To sum up, Luft believes that if he is arrested and imprisoned, he will not be able to speak to the House Oversight and Accountability Committee and that the Republicans will not be able to help him with the trial.
Luft's whereabouts are not shared due to the danger of being kidnapped. We get the impression that he's still in search of a safe haven. As in the case of Edward Snowden, what will be his attitude if an offer of protection comes from Russia? “I don't want to live as a fugitive all my life. "I'm not afraid to face this issue in court, I'd risk going to the United States if given a chance to defend myself in a judicial process free of political interference," he says. He believes that he will not be given a chance to defend himself, as the American ambassador tries to be involved in the legal process, the Department of Justice issues orders to the judiciary, and obstacles are put in place to prevent bail from being placed.
So how serious is the accusation of illegal arms trade between China and Libya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? The accusation is based on Luft's correspondence. What Luft did was ask his Chinese friends for the price of the sought-after items, at the request of an Israeli arms dealer. For Luft, it was a matter of asking prices and not taking action; a criminal charge cannot be made that weapons were purchased, paid or transferred from such a correspondence.
Luft's information reveals the Biden family's dirty dealings with the Chinese. Luft learns personally from Ye Jianming, the founder of CEFC China Energy, that Hunter Biden was paid. When Ye decides to buy a 14 percent stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft for $9 billion in 2017, Luft warns, "You're on the U.S. radar and you're out of business. I'm out of business." Ye insists on his decision, saying, "I have a solid back, I'm seeing Hunter Biden, I'm paying, he's doing whatever I want." Hunter Biden, who received millions of dollars from Ye, is leaking inside information using an informant nicknamed 'One Eye'. The informant brings the information that Ye and Ho are under investigation in 2017. As Ye flees, Ho gets caught. The informant is believed to be former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
At that time, Luft, who was a lecturer at John Hopkins University, left the USA, thinking that he was being followed. Later, the receipts of the payments made to Hunter Biden are delivered to Luft by Ye's English interpreter.
According to the information Luft has, the total amount of money paid by CEFC to Hunter and Jim Biden is $ 7 million. There is also an 80,000 dollar diamond. These are the documents that Luft shared with the Americans.
To understand the significance of Luft's statement and the motivation behind the effort to nab him, it is necessary to take a closer look at the process in Congress. Senator Charles Grassley, Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray on May 3, 2023. "We have received legally protected and highly credible unclassified whistleblower disclosures. Based on those disclosures, it has come to our attention that the Department of Justice and the FBI possess an unclassified FD-1023 form that describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions. It has been alleged that the document includes a precise description of how the alleged criminal scheme was employed as well as its purpose" the letter says.
It is stated that the Department of Justice and the FBI have valuable information that confirms the accuracy of the claims in the document, but does not share it with the public. “However, it remains unclear what steps, if any, were taken to investigate the matter” it says. It is emphasized that the Congress will conduct an independent and impartial review away from the influence of these two institutions.
Luft is on the run, but the scandal that has been under the carpet is being pursued by Congress. A nightmare file is coming for Biden, who announced that he will be running again for the presidency!