Qatar: Former finance minister charged with bribery and corruption


The country’s prosecutors have charged a former Qatari finance minister with bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges, the state news agency said on Sunday.

Ali Sharif Al-Emadi, who became finance minister and chairman of Qatar National Bank in 2013, was arrested in May 2021 when he was one of the most influential business executives in the Middle East.

He will face trial with other defendants, the Qatar News Agency reported, and is accused of “bribery, appropriation of public money, abuse of office, abuse of power, damage to public money and money laundering.”

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Al-Emadi was not detained.

Prosecutors said the investigation had been completed “by questioning the accused, hearing witnesses, and examining the technical reports” but gave no details about the charges, the sums involved or the identity of the other accused .

Al-Emadi rose through the ranks after joining QNB in ​​2005 to become one of the most influential banking groups in the Middle East.

Diplomats with knowledge of the investigation said scores of businessmen and government officials have been questioned in the case.

Just before Al-Emadi’s arrest, the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, revised the law to end immunity from prosecution of ministers.

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