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Nasser Al-Khelaïfi remains at the center of serious allegations. A few days ago, Release published an investigation that sheds light on the arrest of Tayeb Benabderrahmane in January 2020 in Qatar. This French businessman was detained for nine months in the Gulf country before being released. He accuses the president of Paris Saint-Germain of ordering his kidnapping to recover confidential documents about alleged World Cup corruption cases. Accused in this case of suspected confidential leaks, Tayeb Benabderrahmane presented his version of the facts through his three lawyers, Luke Vidal, Juan Branco and Nabil Boudi.
“A State Scandal”
According to Tayeb Benabderrahmane’s lawyers, the case involving their client, who allegedly had sensitive documents regarding PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi, goes far beyond the world of sports https://t.co/H6pPAyMx6V pic.twitter.com/UOGgCfmxZd
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In comments reported by The teamthe latter began to detail the arrest of their client on January 13, 2020 and the acts of torture he allegedly suffered: “That day, he was arrested in the morning by local security forces. His apartment was searched, his material and intellectual assets were seized. He was then placed in secret detention, subjected for several weeks to pressure and torture to obtain information and, above all, to force him to return, through his wife, all the information at his disposal. He was then pulled out of the center when they were handed over, before being placed under house arrest and leaving the country on 1 November 2020.
Al-Khelaïfi accused of being behind the arrest
According to them, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was behind this arrest: “This extortion was carried out at the request of one person: Nasser al-Khelaïfi. The latter forced him to renounce any publication of potentially compromising documents while he was detained in Qatar, and his alleged lawyers put pressure on his family to recover the elements and sign this protocol. Al-Khelaïfi, one of the most powerful people in the world, tried to prevent any information about him from being shared.”
His defense denounces “a state scandal”
Tayeb Benabderrahmane’s lawyers believe that their client is in danger and condemn the lack of support from the French authorities: “What we are witnessing is akin to a state scandal. He is not like the thousands of victims that Qatar’s regime has made in recent years, among foreign workers and political opponents. He is a miracle and his life is still in great danger today. Hence the desire to make his voice heard and know his story. This calls into question the absolute silence that has imposed itself in France. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs was first informed, as was the French ambassador in Qatar. The steps were repeated in January, still no response. »
Tayeb Benabderrahmane’s lawyers spoke to the press to discuss the arrest of their client in January 2020. This businessman was detained for several months by Qatar and is accused of being the cause of confidential leaks.