Qatar’s alleged “plots” against the UAE and Gulf states have been detailed in a new documentary released by Emirati state television channels, local media reported on Friday.
The program features audio and video confessions by Qatari Muslim Brotherhood supporter Mahmoud al-Jaidah, who received a seven-year jail term in the UAE for supporting the illegal Islamist group, Al Islah.
In the documentary, Jaidah is filmed saying that Qatar had become “the preferred” and “only” mediator of terrorist organizations in the past 20 years.
“The report revealed that Qatar supported Al Islah and provided hotel accommodations to members of the group,” according to the Dubai-based Gulf News.
The documentary comes amid a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have boycotted Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups.
Jaidah’s confessions detailed the organizational structure of Qatar’s Muslim Brotherhood branch, which included an "Executive Office" and a "Shura Council."
Jaidah, Qatari doctor, had been granted amnesty by the UAE, but he later returned to attack the UAE on Qatar’s state television.
He said that meetings that took place in Qatar resulted in the “blatant financing” of these organizations and that the Qatari government provided material and moral support to fugitive members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Gulf News reports: “Qatar’s contact with Al Islah members began with Khalid Mohammad Abdullah Al Shaiba, who was convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for links to the Muslim Brotherhood and setting up a branch of the organization in the UAE.
“The group then infiltrated Qatari state facilities with the support of members of the ruling family, with 30 representatives of the group governing the ‘Ahl Al Hall Wa Al Aqd’ Council.”
The newspaper stated that Jaidah’s testimony “serves as the most incriminating proof of Qatar’s role as the primary incubator of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The following points were also revealed in the documentary, citing Jaidah’s admissions:
• Doha’s efforts to recruit GCC nationals to carry out terrorist acts inside the UAE and in the region.
• That the UAE has been the chief target of the Muslim Brotherhood for years.
• The members of a group setting up a Muslim Brotherhood branch in the UAE were named by Jaidah: Eisa Al Ansari, Mohammad Thani, Nasser Mohammad Eisa, Ebrahim Al Ebrahim, Abdul Hamid Mahmoud and Khamis Al Mohannadi.
• The Brotherhood’s actions were supported by the Qatari government, as well as organizations such as, the Shaikh Thani Ibn Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services, and the Shaikh Eid Bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association.
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