Qatar prices ex-finance minister with bribery, embezzlement

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Al-Emadi will face a felony trial following his 2021 arrest over embezzlement allegations.

Qatar’s former finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi will face a felony trial following his 2021 arrest over embezzlement allegations.

Al-Emadi was arrested in May 2021 however little has been made public about his case. He will face trial, with an unspecified variety of others, over the fees, the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) stated in a brief assertion on Sunday.

“Since evidence extracted from the case documents proved that the accused committed the crimes ascribed to them, the Attorney General issued an order to refer the accused to the Criminal Court to punish them for the crimes ascribed to them, which included bribery, appropriation of public money, abuse of office, abuse of power, damage to public money and money laundering,” the QNA report stated.

The report didn’t elaborate on how a lot cash the previous minister is accused of stealing.

Al-Emadi rose to prominence within the Gulf Arab emirate as the present emir ascended the throne and after overseeing the transformation of Qatar National Bank into the most important lender within the Middle East.

Once one among Qatar’s strongest officers, al-Emadi additionally served as chairman of the financial institution, on the board of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and as president of the manager board of Qatar Airways.

Al-Emadi has not commented publicly on the case.

Reuters information company reported that Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has stated the investigation was associated to his capability as finance minister, and to not his posts on the sovereign fund or the financial institution.