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8 Dec 2022

Qatar: FairSquare files submission to UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to look into World Cup whistleblower case

In a new development of the Abdullah Ibhais case, and after his family issued a couple of statements following a surprise hearing for Abdullah, that ended in the court ruling against him, NGO FairSquare lodged in a formal submission to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention asking for Abdullah's case to be examined on the basis of arbitrary detention arising from an unfair trial.

FairSquare called on FIFA to intervene for the immediate release of Abdullah. FIFA previously responded to the case in 2021; their response can be read here.

Press conference on the case of Abdullah Ibhais, Qatar 2022 whistleblower
“Three Qatari courts have now convicted Abdullah Ibhais in the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, and despite credible allegations of a coerced confession. The fact that FIFA has yet to even call for Ibhais to receive a fair trial is another indictment of the organisation’s further decline under Gianni Infantino.”
Nick McGeehan, FairSquare