Qatar sent hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorist group – report

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A group of Syrians filed a lawsuit against the Qatari regime last week in London for allegedly sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the designated international terrorist group al-Nusra Dront in Syria.

The Times made headlines about the Qatari state’s alleged sponsorship of al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front.

According to the newspaper, “a private office of the Gulf State monarch was at the heart of underground routes through which money was transferred to … the al-Nusra Front.” The London-based newspaper said that “Two Qatari banks, several charities, wealthy businessmen, politicians and prominent officials are among the defendants in a claim for damages filed by nine Syrians.”

The nine Syrians claimed in the High Court in London, according to the Times, that “each had played a role in an alleged plot on behalf of the Qatari state, acting in coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Sunni Islamist organization.”

Qatar, whose monarchy was accused by German Development Minister Gerd Mueller of funding the Islamic State terrorist movement in 2014, is expected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

According to the lawsuit filed by the Syrians, the pro-al-Nusra Front plot was activated by “high-ranking members of the Qatari ruling elite” who issued money to “actively support and facilitate »The terrorists of the Nusra Front in Syria.

The Times wrote that Qatari individuals and organizations acting “on behalf of the State of Qatar” had provided the Al-Nusra Front with hundreds of millions of dollars.

Jerusalem post reported last year that the United States sent a team to investigate the Qatari regime for its alleged funding of Hezbollah, a terrorist movement classified by the United States and the EU.

The United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations Security Council have designated the Nusra Front as a terrorist organization.

The Times reported that “among the named defendants accused of implication are Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the former Prime Minister of Qatar, and Abdulhadi Mana al-Hajri, the owner of the Ritz hotel in London. Their representatives said the allegations were completely unfounded. Categorical denials have been issued by every Qatari defendant identified in the complaint contacted by The Times. “

According to the lawsuit, Time said “money was laundered for terrorism through grossly overpriced construction contracts, the purchase of properties at inflated prices and overpayments to Syrian migrant workers. The claim alleges that the clandestine fundraising operation was carried out with the Muslim Brotherhood, and included meetings in Turkey between prominent Qatari figures and representatives of jihadist groups operating in Syria. “

The newspaper reported that “money was transferred from the bank accounts of Qatari businesses and charities either directly in Syria or to Turkish banks, where the applicants say it was withdrawn and taken from there. ‘across the Syrian border “.

The Syrians said they suffered heavy financial losses or were victims of “torture, arbitrary detention, threats of execution and other forms of persecution committed by the Nusra Front,” the newspaper writes.

The Times reported that “at the center of the operation, it is alleged, was the private engineering office of Amiri Diwan, a Qatari government agency that controls all major construction and development contracts. It receives his directives from the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. “

The Syrians alleged that Qatar’s financial system was entangled in financing the Al-Nusra Front, including the Qatar National Bank (QNB) and the Doha Bank. The QNB is the bank for the World Cup.

The Times wrote: “The new claim alleges that QNB and Doha Bank knew or should have known that they were being used to transfer funds to terrorists. If they did not know, it is alleged that they acted illegally by not monitoring their accounts. Doha Bank told The Times the allegations were bogus, as were the Khayyat brothers. QNB said the allegations had no factual basis and were categorically false.



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