The Tory pollster, the communications firm and the former sovereign wealth fund boss

Thursday, 31 August 2017, 5:44 pm

The Observer and The Guardian have been banging on about the commercial interests of Sir Lynton Crosby's "communications" wing for the last four years (see the link below).

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/jun/08/lynton-crosby-tory-strategy-lobbying-firm

In part, that's because the liberal press are concerned about the Tory pollster's "closeness" to the government.

Well, Betaville might be able to shed a little bit of light on some of CTF's "commercial" work. Indeed, one of this website's loyal moles has got in touch to point out that around the same time Sir Lynton was doing his high-profile work for the Tories in the latest General Election campaign his communications firm CTF Partners was busy on on a job (see the links below) defending Dr Khater Massaad, a Swiss businessman who has reportedly has been convicted in the United Arab Emirates of fraud and embezzling funds from the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, a Gulf-based sovereign wealth fund he used to run.

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/02/28/928694/0/en/Dr-Khater-Massaad-responds-to-yet-more-spurious-attacks-on-him-by-Ras-Al-Khaimah-Is-Saud-Al-Qasimi-s-regime-nearing-its-end.html

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/10/06/877515/0/en/Swiss-national-Dr-Khater-Massaad-responds-to-Ras-Al-Khaimah-s-request-for-his-extradtion-from-Saudi-Arabia.html

Now, Betaville understands that everyone needs representation during a high-profile legal dispute. But it does seem odd that last press release (see below) from Dr Khater Massad doesn't have CTF's name at the bottom.....

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