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CAIRO – 20 October 2017: Qatari lawyer and former Justice Minister Najeeb Al Nuaimi said in a statement that he has a bad experience with Qatari courts and that they cannot be trusted.
In a report published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington DC, a statement by Nuaimi was attached where he supported former Al-Jazeera channel journalist Mohamed Fahmy, concerning the lawsuit the latter filed against the channel, after the channel’s attorney demand the trial take place in a Qatari court instead of a Canadian one.
Nuaimi said that he had a bad experience with the Qatari courts while advocating Qatari poet Mohamed Al-Agamy in a secret session, where he claimed the judge and the investigative judge were the same person, a matter that violates Qatari laws and doesn’t guarantee the defendant a fair trial.
On June 22, two former Al Jazeera journalists, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Mohamed Fawzy, held a press conference titled “Al Jazeera on Trial” to reveal Doha’s foreign agenda in the region.
They accused the Qatari network of supporting terrorist organizations with money and broadcasting equipment. Fawzy slammed the network for “betraying them” as the channel did not inform its employees that their work in Egypt was illegal.
Earlier, on June 5, the Arab quartet halted all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, and withdrew their diplomats and ambassadors from the Qatari peninsula. They issued 13 demands to Doha – then shortened them to six principles - including the closure of the Al Jazeera channel.