Former British Prime Minister David Cameron took a camping trip with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, months after the Saudi leader was accused of ordering the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, he said. -on affirmed.
Cameron was invited to the trip in his role as a paid adviser to Australian billionaire Lex Greensill, whose Greensill Capital firm collapsed earlier this month. The Financial Times reported Tuesday.
The collapse sent global stock markets into a frenzy and wiped out billions of dollars in the value of large corporations. It is estimated that around 50,000 people are now at risk of losing their jobs as a result of the collapse.
Cameron would have been in line for a payment of $ 60 million if the company had gone public. His role in the downfall of the company has come under increasing scrutiny, following the FT revealed he had lobbied former colleagues for better access to the UK government’s emergency COVID loan programs. He is said to have texted British Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his lobbying efforts.
Greensill claimed in 2018 that Cameron hosted a Barack Obama presentation on his behalf.
Cameron’s Night Under Canvas with MBS reportedly took place in early 2020, long after a host of overwhelming evidence and official reports, including one from the UN, clearly suggested the Crown Prince had approved of Khashoggi’s murder.
The United States has since officially announced that Bin Salman approved of the murder.
the FT reports that recounting the camping trip with Cameron and bin Salman has become “one of Lex Greensill’s favorite anecdotes.”
Greensill reportedly bragged about bonding under the night sky with MBS over the fact that they both studied law in college.
The Saudi royal family has a long tradition of welcoming guests on luxury camping trips in Bedouin-style tents, recalling the nomadic legacy of al-Saud in power.
the FT traced his claims to three people who said they heard Greensill’s account of the trip, which is believed to have taken place in January or February 2020, shortly before the pandemic hit the world.
the FT adds that data shows private jets owned by Greensill Capital made a series of trips to Saudi Arabia in the first three months of last year.
Cameron, who charges $ 150,000 an hour for speaking engagements, reportedly used Greensill’s corporate jets extensively. Flight records from one of Greensill’s planes show numerous trips to and from Newquay Airport, which is about a half-hour drive from Cameron’s vacation home in Cornwall.
the FT said Greensill Capital, the Saudi Embassy in London and Cameron all declined to comment.
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