Sports washing


M. Shasisankar

Zelimkhan Yantarbiyev, the previous president of Chechnya, was killed in a automotive bombing whereas dwelling in Qatar. The incident passed off on February 13, 2004. Yantarbiyev was designated as a terrorist not solely by Russia but additionally by america because of his ties to Al Qaeda. Qatar offered asylum. The investigation by the Qatari police prolonged to the Russian embassy. The primary secretary and two Russian intelligence officers have been arrested. The First Secretary was later launched below diplomatic safety. There was information that the secretary was launched as a result of Russia detained two Qatari wrestlers who have been in Russia on the identical time for competitions.

After finishing the trial in 4 months, each accused have been sentenced to life imprisonment in June. Qatar extradited criminals to Russia to keep away from worsening its already strained relations with Russia. Underneath the understanding that Russia ought to serve the jail sentence. It’s reported that the accused who obtained a hero’s welcome in Russia weren’t despatched to jail.

Yantarbiyev will not be the primary terrorist to be granted asylum in Qatar. Palestinian leaders of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Taliban all reside in Qatar. The Taliban workplace used to perform right here earlier than taking up the federal government in Afghanistan. The Individuals had come to Qatar to barter with the Taliban. The workplace continues to be there. What Qatari asylum seekers have in frequent is their non secular religion.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a cleric related to the Muslim Brotherhood, lived in Qatar from `961 till his dying final September. He got here again to his personal nation solely when the Muslim Brotherhood gained energy in Egypt for a while. His program on Al Jazeera for a few years was a supply of pleasure for the extremists.

Qatar’s funding of terrorism isn’t any secret. It isn’t unknown to the nations of the world. Equally severe was Al Jazeera’s interference with Qatar’s personal TV channel. Al Jazeera is selling terrorism and it’s the Saudis and their allies who’ve demanded that it’s shut down. Al Jazeera led the media struggle by creating narratives concerning the Arab Spring, in opposition to Mubarak in Egypt, in opposition to Assad in Syria, and in opposition to Gaddafi in Libya.

Western powers have been implicated in a lot of Qatar’s terrorist ties. They solely highlighted human rights violations. Qatar shall be blissful after they accuse Qatar of doing sports activities washing. Nobody discusses terrorist relations!

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