Simon Clark – The Key Man

September 20, 2023

The audience at The Library of Mistakes was captivated by renowned investigative journalist Simon Clark, who led the discussion about one of history’s most significant fraud allegations.

Arif Naqvi was a visionary with an immeasurable dream: to end world suffering, poverty, and disease. His aspiration was to channel capitalism as a force for good, progress, and profit. He persuaded politicians that he could play a role in stabilising the Middle East post-9/11 through job creation. With Bill Gates, he initiated a billion-dollar fund dedicated to advancing health care in underprivileged regions. The Obama administration endorsed him, and he was subsequently named to boards by the UN and Interpol.

However, in 2019, Arif Naqvi faced arrest, accused of money laundering and misappropriating vast sums. Now, he stands at the precipice of a potential 291-year prison sentence. The evening delved deep into the elusive and illusion-laden world of The Key Man, based on the book by Simon Clark, soon to be a motion picture starring Dev Patel.

The event took place at the Library of Mistakes, 33A Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7QB.

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