ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A Lebanese-American businessman who was a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and helped secure the release of American hostages is about to face a prison sentence of at least ten years for charges child abuse.
George Nader was charged in June last year and pleaded guilty in January to bringing a 14-year-old boy from the Czech Republic to the US for sexual activity 20 years ago. He also recognized the possession of child pornography.
Nader’s name occurs more than 100 times in the Mueller report. It describes Nader’s efforts to serve as a liaison between a Russian banker associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of President Donald Trump’s transit team.
The convictions have a mandatory minimum of 10 years. Prosecutors at the federal court in Alexandria are not asking for a longer sentence than the one at Friday’s hearing, but the judge can still impose one.
In the 1990s, Nader served as a broker to facilitate the release of American hostages to the Middle East.
Nader was also an adviser to the United Arab Emirates, a close Saudi ally, and in 2017 paid $ 2.5 million through a company in Canada to a top Trump fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, The Associated Press reported in 2018. The goal was to to convince the US to take a hardline against Qatar, a longtime American ally but now an opponent of the UAE.
Nader had previously been convicted in the Czech Republic for 10 cases of sexual abuse of minors and sentenced to one year’s imprisonment in 2003.
Nader also pleaded guilty to transporting child pornography images in Virginia in 1991.
The current investigation into Nader began in 2018 when images of child pornography and bestiality were found on his phone after being confiscated under a search warrant connected to the Mueller probe.
The images on Nader’s phones at Dulles International Airport ultimately did not form the basis for sentencing child pornography in January. Instead, prosecutors relied on images and videos he received via email in 2012, which in some cases involved sadistic images of infants or toddlers, according to revelations at Monday’s hearing.
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