Case against deposed Qatari emir’s grandson Sheikh Talal Al-Thani ‘fabricated’

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Sheikh Talal is the grandson of the late Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al-Thani, the former emir of Qatar who reigned from 1960 until 1972. (Screengrab)
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Sheikh Talal is the grandson of the late Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al-Thani, the former emir of Qatar who reigned from 1960 until 1972. (Screengrab)
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Updated 20 April 2020

Case against deposed Qatari emir’s grandson Sheikh Talal Al-Thani ‘fabricated’

  • The wife of Sheikh Talal said last week her husband is being tortured in custody and that his condition is deteriorating

RIYADH: The case against detained Qatari royal Sheikh Talal Al-Thani has been fabricated by the authorities in Doha, a fellow royal family member said Sunday.
The wife of Sheikh Talal said last week her husband is being tortured in custody and that his condition is deteriorating.
Sheikh Talal is the grandson of the late Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al-Thani, the former emir of Qatar, who was deposed in 1972 by his cousin Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad, the grandfather of the current emir. He was jailed in 2013.
Speaking during a telephone interview with Al Arabiya, Sheikh Saud bin Jassim said the Qatari authorities fabricate charges “against anyone who opposes them.”
He said there were “great concerns” over Sheikh Talal’s health.
Sheikh Talal’s wife, Asma Arian, posted a video on her Twitter account on Wednesday raising concerns over her husband’s health.
“Sheikh Talal has been imprisoned in extremely harsh conditions and in violation of his fundamental human rights,” she said. 
“The mistreatment to which he has been subjected has put his life in serious danger. It has also forcibly separated his younger children and myself.”
She also said the Qatari authorities prevented his family from communicating with him.
She said he has not been properly charged, although he has been detained for seven years, and he has not been given the option of a “fair” trial.


Hundreds of Syrians exit Lebanese town over tensions: UN

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Hundreds of Syrians exit Lebanese town over tensions: UN

  • UNHCR spokesperson: ‘Collective punishment... for a whole community for an incident involving one individual is unacceptable’
  • Those who fled, said they were chased out of Bsharre, a Christian-majority town, after a Syrian was accused of shooting dead a Lebanese resident

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: At least 270 Syrian families have left a north Lebanon town, as hostility toward them mounted over a murder allegedly committed by a Syrian national, the UN refugee agency said Friday.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees condemned “collective reprisals against Syrians in the town,” of Bsharre, saying many of the families fled in fear without taking their belongings.
“Collective punishment... for a whole community for an incident involving one individual is unacceptable,” a UNHCR spokesperson said in a statement.
Many of those who fled the Christian-majority town said they were chased out by Bsharre residents after a Syrian on Monday was accused of shooting dead a Lebanese resident, sparking widespread tension and hostility.
Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported forced evictions of Syrians in the wake of the murder, but Bsharre’s mayor denied that the Syrians had left out of fear.
An AFP correspondent in Tripoli saw dozens of Syrian families gathering outside a UNHCR building in the northern city.
A group of young men in Bsharre “assaulted us, threatened us and started a fire” in the house, Umm Khaled, a 31-year-old Syrian mother of five told AFP.
“We picked up our children and ran away to Tripoli,” located more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) east, she said.
Yassin Hassan, a 30-year-old Syrian who had lived in Bsharre for years, said he was beaten by a group of men.
“We ran away... without taking anything from our homes,” he told AFP.
Tripoli is among the most welcoming destinations in Lebanon for refugees.
Lebanon, which is grappling with an economic crisis, says it hosts some 1.5 million Syrians, including around one million registered as refugees with the United Nations.
UNHCR said it received “a large number of refugees from Bsharre” in its Tripoli reception center.
They were encouraged to find alternative housing but those with nowhere to stay were moved to shelters, a spokesperson told AFP.
The reasons behind the murder that fueled anti-Syrian sentiments in Bsharre remains shrouded in mystery.
The Syrian suspect in question has handed himself over to authorities, the army said.
A judicial source said investigations were still underway.
The mayor of Bsharre says the town is home to nearly a thousand Syrians.
Authorities have called on refugees to return to Syria even though rights groups warn that the war-torn country is not yet safe.