LONDON: Broadsheet LLC CEO, Kaveh Moussavi’s, the first meeting in London with accountability advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan Shahzad Akbar was hosted by Daily Mail journalist David Rose, who wanted Broadsheet to pay him a commission of £ 250,000 to pay off his outstanding mortgage. The Oxford home in exchange for nearly $ 30 million was paid to Broadsheet by the Pakistani Government, according to Kaveh Moussavi.
In an interview, Kaveh Moussavi said that David Rose not only arranged his meeting with Shahzad Akbar in London but also participated in their meeting at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on 19 October 2019 and was trying to figure out how Pakistan and Kaveh Moussavi work. together in the future. Kaveh Moussavi and David Rose are neighbors in Oxford and the two have known each other for many years.
David Rose never spoke about the fact that he played a key role in organizing the meeting but confirmed on Monday via a series of tweets that he had arranged it.
Kaveh Moussavi said: “David Rose told me that he knows Shahzad Akbar. We met at my house in Oxford and we chatted. David Rose said he would arrange a meeting (with Shahzad Akbar) and he did. What’s in it for him? He said he had a large mortgage. I said if I was paid (by Pakistan), then I could pay it off (£ 250,000 mortgage). We shook hands and said I would pay off the mortgage and I said I would be happy to do that and that’s it. “
“I told him (David Rose), quite frankly, that I should spend that kind of money on lawyers and law enforcement, so if you get it done [the payment] then your mortgage will be paid off. That’s how we left him, ”said Kaveh.
Kaveh said David Rose was specifically asking for £ 250,000 and “I wouldn’t know how much the mortgage was unless he told me that.”
Kaveh says he asked David Rose why Shahzad Akbar sent him. “Why did they have to send you? They could have written to me. David Rose said they just wanted to build trust. I said you don’t need trust; You need to send a check. David Rose said ‘I will arrange, arrange a meeting for you with Shahzad Akbar’. I said fine. Then he said what’s in it for me? I said, ‘What do you want?’ “
Kaveh Moussavi claims that David Rose replied that he “has secured a large mortgage” of around “£ 250,000”.
Kaveh admitted that he told David Rose that Pakistan owed about US $ 30 million “so I am happy to give you a commission. I will explain it to the lawyers and if they do not approve it, then I will pay it out of my insignificant share. “
After the initial alleged agreement between Kaveh Moussavi and David Rose, they met Shahzad Akbar and other lawyers who were accompanying Akbar. Kaveh doesn’t know his name. “The four of us and we have lunch together. It happened in October 2019. “
Shahzad Akbar confirmed that David Rose participated in the meeting but said he was only looking for a ‘discount’ for Pakistan and nothing more. The prime minister’s adviser said he was completely unaware of any discussions between David Rose and Kaveh Moussavi.
At the meeting, Kaveh Moussavi claimed David Rose “provided some formulas” for how “we can work together in the future and all that”. Kaveh said he replied that he was first interested in getting the money before discussing future deals.
“He tries to be creative and when that doesn’t work, then he gets very offensive in his text and all kinds of things.”
Kaveh said: “Shahzad Akbar wanted a discount and asked for a discount and said I will accept you. I said that’s not a solution. We have an assessment. Settlement comes before decision. What are you talking about?”
Kaveh said he called his attorney in Washington and was advised by his lawyer to “give him the impression that we will enforce if we have to seize the plane, we will seize assets, we will do it, we will confiscate the proceeds of the bonds Pakistan has floated on the market. I said to Shahzad Akbar after 19 years of chase, you shouldn’t have any illusions that I will press this house and I suggested that you come and pay the court order. “
Kaveh Moussavi and Shahzad Akbar met again a few days later in London in the presence of a fellow human rights lawyer, but David Rose did not participate in the second meeting.
Kaveh said: “Shahzad again asked me for a discount and our lawyer friend tried to convince me to take our fees and leave. I said no. “
Kaveh said he left the meeting and texted Shahzad Akbar that you just showed the contempt you have for the rule of law. You call me to come from Oxford on a rainy day and I come and sit with you and you waste my time. “
Shahzad Akbar and Kaveh last communicated via text message on 26 October 2019. However, Kaveh said his communication with David Rose continued and they clashed. Kaveh claims he has text messages and emails to prove David Rose became ‘hostile’ to him after he refused to do the deal as Shahzad Akbar wanted.
He stated: “David Rose got very offensive in his texts and emails to me. I felt absolutely overwhelming that this was a man I trusted because of the Guantanamo Bay connection and then I found out that no, I definitely didn’t believe it today. The problem is the 180 degree change in position. He was the one trying to solve this problem and I said yes, I will help him pay off his mortgage and in fact he started to be a hostile person to me. You should see the text message. This is very extraordinary. “
Kaveh Moussavi said he did not believe that David Rose had done anything wrong by asking him for £ 250,000 in commission. “Asking for a commission is a legal thing if it’s a business deal. You are entitled to a commission. It is okay. “
The CEO of Broadsheet stated: “The fact that David Rose started getting hostile towards me after (the meeting) was quite a shock to me. Until then I clearly considered him a friend and trusted him. “According to Kaveh Moussavi’s claim, David Rose is still in touch with him and” trying to lure me out “.
Kaveh claims that David Rose asked him in a recent text message if he had lost his marble and why Kaveh communicated with him only via emojis, and not words. Kaveh replied: “I just replied and said how sad it is to see how much you have fallen from the days when you were a serious journalist doing work at Guantanamo Bay. That’s what the Daily Mail does to people. “
Kaveh Moussavi confirmed that he texted David Rose on 23 June 2018 when the Mail on Sunday published an article about Nawaz Sharif and his son entitled, “How a very wealthy former prime minister of Pakistan and his son have poured millions of dollars into the most luxurious addresses in London for collected a vast property empire ”.
Kaveh Moussavi said: “I told David Rose that this is a great article about the Avenfield apartment. I sent him a note that this was a good article, but there is more evidence of this which we are sure to dig into and so the conversation goes. “
“Why are you involved in Broadsheet?” asked David Rose, according to Kaveh.
Kaveh replied: “For God’s sake, I’m Broadsheet, what are you talking about? He checked me and said ‘Oh my God, you really are Broadsheet’. “
David Rose confirmed that he arranged for Kaveh Moussavi’s meeting with Shahzad Akbar. David Rose said: “I have known Kaveh since 2003. It all started when he asked me to go to his house (very close to mine) and tell me about the court process. He asked me to arrange a meeting with Shahzad. I have known Shahzad for a long time too, so I agreed to do this. As far as I’m concerned, I’m only helping a friend, even though Kaveh twice said he would pay me a commission if he completed the settlement. “
David Rose said: “At first I thought he was joking, but when he repeated the offer via text, I told him (verbally) I couldn’t accept this. I have never requested and never received any payment in connection with this meeting. For the avoidance of doubt: Yes, I arranged a meeting with Shahzad at Kaveh’s request, but I made it clear that I didn’t want to be paid for this. There is no agreement at that meeting. “