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Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Dubai– Emirates Association for Human Rights (EHRA) condemned the freeze of assets of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani saying it is a flagrant violation of human rights that has become a systematic approach of intimidation adopted by Qatari authorities.

EHRA Chairman Mohammed Salem al-Kaabi said that Qatar’s freezing of Sheikh Abdullah’s assets and funds is a blatant infringement of personal and human rights and an illegal, condemned action that corroborates Doha’s insistence to continue its violations of all Arab and international human rights charters and conventions.

The association also condemned Qatari regime’s freezing of the assets of Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim and the raid on his palace last week by the Qatari state security forces that wreaked havoc on its holdings and documents.

These actions reveal the fact that Qatar has become a police state that blatantly defies all legal restrictions, WAM News Agency quoted Kaabi as saying.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al Thani, the grandson of Qatar’s founder, tweeted: “The Qatari regime honors me by freezing all of my bank accounts, and I thank them for this honor and I have the honor to present it to the homeland.”

He hoped that Qatar would expel opportunists and friends of interests and return to the Gulf union.

In details, the palace of Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim in Doha was raided for six hours by a unit of 15 armed men of the Qatari State Security Forces last Thursday.

The raid resulted in the confiscation of around 137 bags and a number of cabinets containing documents and belongings of Sheikh Sultan, as well as large archives of his father, former Foreign Minister Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

The archive includes information that accurately records the history of Qatar and its internal events from the sixties until his death in 1985.

Also during the raid, security agents invaded the private room of Sheikh Sultan’s mother, confiscating all her personal and family pictures, her jewelry, valuables and money.

In addition, palace workers were subjected to assault, beatings and arrest.