A very dubious affair: A family of 15 Afghans claim to have shared a three bedroom Grenfell flat – and one of them is a £6.5million fraudster
- Masi Naqshbandi lived, he said, on the third floor of Grenfell with his family
- As a ‘core participant’ he is able to quiz anyone who testifies at Grenfell inquiry
- Masi Naqshbandi was jailed for seven years in 2012 for his part in one of Britain’s most notorious ‘crash-for-cash’ scams
His picture appeared in newspapers around the world when he was photographed meeting Prince William at a support centre for survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Masi Naqshbandi’s story — like those of all the Grenfell residents — was harrowing, or so it seemed.
The 33-year-old lived, he said, on the third floor with his family, who were originally from Afghanistan. They managed to escape the inferno unharmed, but a relative in a flat at the top of the building was not so lucky. He was reported missing and later confirmed dead, one of 71 people who lost their lives that terrible night last June.
Being core participants means the Naqshbandis will be entitled to legal representation (and funding) at the inquiry and allowed to question witnesses, review evidence in advance and make opening and closing statements.
But Masi Naqshbandi is a convicted criminal. He was jailed for seven years in 2012 for his part in one of Britain’s most notorious ‘crash-for-cash’ scams. Naqshbandi, Croydon Crown Court heard, was a member of a gang which staged more than 250 accidents to make insurance claims worth £6.5 million.