The Lebanese-American businessman pleaded not guilty to the charges—which also included separate counts relating to possession of child pornography and obscenity—in a Virginia court on Friday.
According to court documents, Nader brought a 14-year-old boy into the U.S. through Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. in February of 2000, the Washington Post reported.
Nader, 60, once served as an adviser to the ruler of Abu Dhabi and also played a key part in Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign influence on the 2016 presidential election.
As a senior political advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, Nader served as a liaison between Donald Trump’s administration, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. He met with multiple members from Trump’s team, including Donald Trump Jr., on multiple matters, however, Trump officials deny they ever considered any of his proposals.
Nader also arranged a meeting between Erik Prince, the founder of the U.S. private mercenary firm Blackwater — which has been accused of committing war crimes in Iraq—and Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of one of Russia’s largest investment funds, in 2017.
The Mueller Report mentions Nader’s name more than 100 times.
Nader has also had dealings with both Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He worked with the elder President Bush’s administration in an effort to get hostages released which were being held in Lebanon and aided Bill Clinton’s failed attempts to broker a peace deal between Israel and Syria.
In 1984, Nader was indicted for possessing child pornography, but the charge was dropped because his lawyers contended that the evidence was discovered via an illegal search.
Law enforcement officials again caught Nader with films of a sexual nature featuring minor boys in 1990. He pleaded guilty the following year.
Nader was convicted in the Czech Republic in 2003 on charges of abusing minors, which included a charge of transporting a minor boy to the U.S. for sexual purposes. He was later acquitted of the sex trafficking charge.
Most recently, in 2018, Nader was caught with “visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct” on his cellphone after landing in New York from Dubai, the U.S. Justice Department said. The iPhone found in his possession allegedly contained dozens of videos of toddler-aged boys as young as 3-years-old being sexually assaulted.
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