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15 Dez 2021


2022 World Cup: Ex-media officer loses Qatar corruption appeal

A court in Doha sentenced Abdullah Ibhais to three years in prison after it upheld a guilty verdict on the charge of misappropriating state funds...

[Qatari officials] insisted the trial was fair and that Ibhais was convicted on the basis of "an abundance of strong and credible evidence".

Human rights group FairSquare said the failure of football's world governing body, Fifa, to call on Qatar to ensure a fair trial had "enabled" the verdict, for which, it asserted, there was no evidence other than Ibhais's confession...

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said the allegations that the case was linked to Ibhais' views on migrant workers were "ludicrous, defamatory, and absolutely false".

Nicholas McGeehan, co-director of FairSquare, said: "Every day Abdullah Ibhais remains in jail more people will know his name, know what he did for the migrant workers who built Qatar's World Cup, and know the price he has apparently paid for that."

"It was Qatar's World Cup organisers who instigated this prosecution, but it was Fifa's silence that enabled today's verdict," he added.

A Fifa spokesperson said any person deserved a fair trial that observed and respected due process, and that it would "consider today's ruling before making any further comment".