Qatar's former finance minister to face trial

Ali Sherif Al Emadi charged with bribery, abuse of power and money laundering

Qatar's Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi listens during the third annual US-Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington, DC on September 14, 2020. (Photo by ERIN SCOTT / POOL / AFP)
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Qatar's public prosecutor will launch a criminal trial of former finance minister Ali Sherif Al Emadi, the state news agency said on Sunday.

Mr Al Emadi and an unidentified number of others are charged with bribery, abuse of position and power, damage to public funds and money laundering, according to the state-run Qatar news agency.

An arrest warrant was issued for the former minister in May 2021.

An investigation has now been completed "further to the statement issued by the Public Prosecution on May 6, 2021," the prosecution said on Sunday.

He served as finance minister since 2013, and was the board chairman of Qatar National Bank before being dismissed following his arrest.

Updated: March 19, 2023, 10:49 AM