Egypt families of terror victims suing Qatari emir for $150 mln

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is pictured in Doha. (File photo)

Families of victims of several armed attacks in Egypt have filed a lawsuit against the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, demanding compensation of up to $150 million in a lawsuit that is the first of its kind to be held in an Arab country against another.

The families are charging Qatar with responsibility for killing four officers and wounding a civilian during attacks by extremists in northern Sinai.

The lawsuit is based on judicial rulings that “confirm Qatar’s relationship with supporting terrorist groups” in the Sinai, lawyer Hafez Abu Saada told the BBC’s website.

Abu Saada referred to several judicial rulings, including the life imprisonment of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on charges of “communicating with Qatar”. These provisions, he said, were evidence of Qatar’s support for a number of terror acts.

Sources told the BBC that although the Egyptian law recognizes the right to litigation, the registration of the case before the court “was not completed after the opinion of Supreme Judicial authorities”.

The petition reportedly refers to a list issued by the anti-Terror Quartet and includes individuals and entities “housed and supported by Qatar”.

Prosecutors reportedly consider that “Qatar harboring some members of the Muslim Brotherhood” is one of the evidence of Qatari guilt, as well as refraining from handing over terror suspects to Egypt “despite their proven involvement in crimes committed inside Egypt”.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57