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Fri Jun 7, 2019, 04:37 PM

Nader's Phones Had Child Porn--and Communications With a Crown Prince, Feds Say [View all]

Source: Daily Beast

When federal agents arrested the international businessman and influence-peddler George Nader in January of 2018, they found three phones, one of them containing explicit images of children, according to court filings. They also found communications with one of the Middle East's most influential leaders, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates.

Nader was an adviser to Mohammed Bin Zayed--MBZ, as he's colloquially known--and was in touch with members of President Trump's inner circle throughout 2016, including Blackwater founder Erik Prince. These associations eventually helped turn the Lebanese-American into a crucial cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

On Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Prabhu said that Nader was also in touch with a representative of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Nader is being detained in a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges of allegedly transporting child pornography and child erotica, including videos showing young children. He was arrested Tuesday when he attempted to pass through passport control at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after flying in from Dubai.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/george-naders-phones-had-child-pornand-comms-with-a-crown-prince-feds-say

The judge decided to keep him in detention pending his hearing. Despite Nader's claims of a heart condition, the prosecutor said that Federal agents had taken him to a doctor who said he was healthy.


NEW: The judge in EDVA rules that George Nader remain detained. Says there are no combinations of conditions of release that would ensure the safety of the community. Added that the defense did not provide enough evidence to convince the court.

In the detention hearing, the government noted that one of the phones analyzed in 2018 contained text messages between Nader and MBZ. And separate messages with a rep of MBS


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