Broidy seeks to bring Qatar back to trial on the alleged role in email hacking

In another shooting in the emirate, Broidy’s lawyers were captured a lawsuit filed against him in August an undisclosed travel company that claimed the business was focused on Qatar was damaged by the company’s alleged misinformation spread by Broidy about Qatari links to terrorism.

Sa a legal filing late Thursday, Broidy’s lawyers argued the Delaware -based company – Mosafer – was acting as a front for the Qatari government. Broidy’s team is arguing that making a vehicle is the suit for him to focus on Qatar about its alleged role in hacking and distributing his emails to the media in 2018.

“In the extremely bold abuse of the U.S. legal system, Mosafer, an unabashed baggage seller, seeks to stand up in the shoes of a foreign government to seek an injunction that silenced an effective critic of that government. Mosafer, like the Wizard of Oz, is asking the court to ignore the obvious and ‘ignore the person behind the curtain’ – the State of Qatar, ”wrote Broidy’s lawyers from law firm McGuireWoods. “This complaint is no longer Qatar’s latest attempt to overthrow one of its sharpest critics. The disguise is too skinny to be completely clear.”

A lawyer for Mosafer, Stephen Larson, denied that Mosafer was acting on behalf of the Qatari government.

“Our client is a private individual whose business and economy have been negatively affected by the defendants’ actions and blockade in his state, ”Larson said in an email to POLITICO. and moral losses. Unfortunately, according to his usual practice, Mr. Broidy tries to politicize a commercial lawsuit filed by a private individual and private enterprise with no political agenda and no connection to any government.

Spokesmen for the Qatari embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While it seems clear that the travel company’s interests are closely aligned with the Qatari government, Broidy’s new submission argues that there is evidence that Mosafer and Qatari officials are in touch in an effort to target the critic of Qatar.

Broidy’s countersuit points to more than two dozen “John Doe” legal action official communications office of the Qatar government filed in U.S. courts beginning in 2018 in an effort to identify individuals without self -criticism the emirate online.

The new court filing alleges that Qatari officials used the proceedings to obtain the identity of the companies and a Washington communications expert involved, Matthew Atkinson, then passed that information on to Mosafer.

Mosafer’s suit alleges that lies spread by Broidy and others about Qatar’s support for terrorism have damaged the company’s travel business, but Broidy said there is little evidence that the business actually handled such travel. and travel to Qatar increased with the time period in question in the suit.

Mosafer’s case says Broidy is liable for damages in part because he violated the Foreign Agencies Registration Act by failing to register in connection with his work for the United Arab Emirates, which Qatar fights with others. other issues.

Broidy made a mistake last October to conspire to violate FARA in connection with his work for the interests of Malaysia. The facts Broidy admitted in that plea did not include his work for the UAE or against Qatar, but the government agreed as part of the agreement not to sue him on those issues.

Prosecutors indicated they planned to raise the subject in sentencing Broidy, but before leaving office, former President Donald Trump forgave the generous fundraiser and political allies.

The law firm that represents Mosafer in the current litigation, Larson LLP, was founded by former Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, who now holds the title of partner emeritus at the firm.

O’Brien is not listed as an attorney of record in the case, assigned to Los Angeles -based U.S. District Court Judge Mark Scarsi, a Trump nominee.

A former acting legal counsel at the State Department, Mark Feldman, said the countersuit seemed to be an attempt to take advantage of a Supreme Court decision in 1983 allowing judges to override immunity sovereignty when a country tries to act through what Feldman called “alter-ego” in U.S. courts.

“This is a very important precedent,” Feldman said, adding that Broidy faces an uphill battle to prove that Mosafer is an important frontier for Qatar. “It’s so messed up. It also looks creative and delicate to me.”

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