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Egypt: Families of terror victims demand $150m from Qatar Emir

June 19, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani [GovernmentZA/Flickr]

A number of families of those who were killed and wounded in armed attacks in Egypt have filed a lawsuit against the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, demanding compensation of $150 million.

The families accuse Qatar of being responsible for the killing of four officers and wounding a civilian during attacks by extremists in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

The lawsuit was based on judicial rulings that “confirm Qatar’s support for terrorist groups in Sinai”, according to Hafez Abu Saada, an Egyptian rights activist and a member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR).

Abu Saada was referring a previous court case which saw the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi being handed a life term after being found guilty of “communicating with Qatar”, he said that provisions in the case were evidence of Doha’s support for a number of terror acts.

According to its laws, Egypt can confiscate Qatari property to settle the compensation claim if Doha’s is found guilty of the charges.

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