Elliott Broidy sues former Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar for being ‘Qatar agent’
Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy has sued a former high-ranking United Nations official who was its envoy to Yemen, saying he was an unregistered agent of Qatar.
Broidy alleges that at the direction of Qatari officials, former UN Under-Secretary-General Jamal Benomar, who served as special envoy to Yemen and a special adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, orchestrated “the dissemination of materials stolen from Broidy’s computers to US media organizations” within a campaign against him as part of an operation by Doha to influence US policy, according to Wall Street Journal.
Since March, Broidy has been in legal battles against Qatar and several US-based lobbyists and consulting firms in federal court in California, accusing Qatar and its agents of trying to discredit him by stealing and leaking emails that detailed his contacts with the Trump administration.
In May, Broidy presented a modified complaint in which he added to the defendants the brother of Qatar’s Emir and Ahmed al-Rumaihi, a former head of investments in the country’s sovereign wealth fund.