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2 Feb 2022

Human Rights Watch

Qatar: HRW & FairSquare call for fair trial as detained ex-World Cup media manager due to face final court of appeal in alleged whistleblower case

"FIFA/Qatar: Last Chance to Ensure Fair Trial for Whistleblower" 2 February 2022

FIFA should insist that a whistleblower at the heart of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organization gets a fair trial as the case heads to Qatar’s final court of appeal,..

Ibhais has previously said that he believes the case was in retaliation for his internal criticism of the handling of a migrant workers’ strike in Qatar in August 2019. The case was initiated after Qatar’s World Cup organizers alleged that Ibhais had harmed state security.

Ibhais was convicted on charges of “bribery,” “violation of the integrity of tenders and profits,” and “intentional damage to public funds.”...

The appeal court judgment confirms that the only inculpatory evidence the court considered against Ibhais is his confession, which he retracted in court. He says it was extracted under threat and coercion, and during interrogations for which he was denied the presence of a lawyer.