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Is Blackwater’s Erik Prince Moving to the United Arab Emirates?

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Jeremy Scahill
The Nation [1]
June 16, 2010

Sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince claim that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm is planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Middle Eastern nation, a major hub for the US war industry, has no extradition treaty with the United States. In April, five of Prince’s top deputies were hit with a fifteen-count indictment [2] by a federal grand jury on conspiracy, weapons and obstruction of justice charges. Among those indicted were Prince’s longtime number-two man, former Blackwater president Gary Jackson, former vice presidents William Matthews and Ana Bundy and Prince’s former legal counsel Andrew Howell.

The Blackwater/Erik Prince saga took yet another dramatic turn last week, when Prince abruptly announced [3] that he was putting his company up for sale.

While Prince has not personally been charged with any crimes, federal investigators and several Congressional committees clearly have his company and inner circle in their sights. The Nation learned of Prince’s alleged plans to move to the UAE from three separate sources. One Blackwater source told The Nation that Prince intends to sell his company quickly, saying the “sale is going to be a fast move within a couple of months.”

Mark Corallo, a trusted Prince advisor and Blackwater spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the allegation that Prince is planning to move to the United Arab Emirates. “I have a policy on not discussing my client’s personal lives—especially when that client is a private citizen,” Corallo, who runs his own crisis management and PR firm [4], said in an e-mail to The Nation. ”It is nobody’s business where Mr. Prince (or anyone else) chooses to live. So I’m afraid I will not be able to confirm any rumors.”

A source with knowledge of the federal criminal probe into Blackwater’s activities told The Nation that none of Prince’s indicted colleagues have flipped on Prince since being formally charged, but rumors abound in Blackwater and legal circles that Prince may one day find himself in legal trouble. Former Blackwater employees claim they have provided federal prosecutors with testimony about what they allege is Prince’s involvement in illegal activity.

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[1] The Nation: http://www.thenation.com/blog/blackwaters-erik-prince-moving-united-arab-emirates

[2] fifteen-count indictment: http://www.justice.gov/usao/nce/press/2010-apr-16_2.html

[3] announced: http://www.thenation.com/blog/blackwater-sale

[4] firm: http://www.corallocomstock.com/

[5] Image: http://www.homegain.com/housead/homes_for_sale/index?entryid=11502

[6] Erik Prince, head of US security firm Blackwater, ‘was CIA operative’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/erik-prince-head-of-us-security-firm-blackwater-%e2%80%98was-cia-operative%e2%80%99.html

[7] Secret Erik Prince/Blackwater Tape Exposed: http://www.prisonplanet.com/secret-erik-princeblackwater-tape-exposed.html

[8] Saudi prince Talal warns of uprising threat: http://www.prisonplanet.com/saudi-prince-talal-warns-of-uprising-threat.html

[9] Prince of Darkness & Delusions of Godlike Status: Prince Charles and His Royal Global Terrorists: http://www.prisonplanet.com/prince-of-darkness-delusions-of-godlike-status-prince-charles-and-his-royal-global-terrorists.html

[10] US Businessman: Blackwater Paid Me to Buy Steroids and Weapons on Black Market for its Shooters: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-businessman-blackwater-paid-me-to-buy-steroids-and-weapons-on-black-market-for-its-shooters.html

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