DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar introduced Sunday the nation’s former finance minister faces fees together with bribery and embezzlement from his time within the put up.
Ali Sharif al-Emadi was arrested in May 2021, with little about his case being made public. In a brief assertion on the state-run Qatar Information Company, prosecutors accused al-Emadi of the crimes and stated he would face trial in a felony court docket.
It wasn’t instantly clear if al-Emadi had a lawyer. The state information report additionally didn’t elaborate on how a lot cash the previous minister is accused of stealing.
Al-Emadi rose to prominence within the Gulf Arab emirate as the present emir ascended the throne and after overseeing the transformation of Qatar Nationwide Financial institution into the most important lender within the Center East.
As soon as one among Qatar’s strongest officers, al-Emadi additionally served as chairman of the financial institution, on the board of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund and as president of the chief board of long-haul provider Qatar Airways. In keeping with the Las Vegas-based Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, the Qatar Funding Authority holds property of $475 billion.
Beneath Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruling emir, Qatar lately has sought to spice up its worldwide status via internet hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and selling political reforms. Sheikh Tamim also recently replaced the country’s prime minister without explanation.