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Emir Pardons Saudis for Failed Coup Attempt in Qatar

Has there ever been any other mention of the failed coup attempt? Is the the one that was purported to have taken place late last summer?

Emir pardons Saudi prisoners
The Peninsula
Doha: In response to a desire by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, the Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has issued an Emiri decision pardoning a number of Saudi nationals sentenced for their involvement in the failed coup attempt to destabilise security and stability in Qatar.

Those released left the country yesterday accompanying the Saudi Deputy Commander of the National Guard for Executive Affairs, Prince Mit’ib bin Abdulaziz, an official source at the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Saudi king later expressed his profound appreciation of the Emir’s decision. The king praised the strong relations of kinship and good neighbourliness that bind the people of the two countries.

May 26, 2010 - Posted by | Doha, Law and Order, Leadership, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

10 Comments »

  1. I noticed that too, and found it interesting. It is the ONLY mention of the coup attempt I’ve seen in the English language newspapers in Qatar. Would be interesting to know if more was said at the time in the Arabic news.

    Comment by Grammy | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. I was shocked to see it, Grammy, especially when it was a total no-no in the press last summer – wasn’t it August? And little in any of the world press, either.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. We need to be disciplined. this is not discipline. really miss u!

    Comment by Mrm | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  4. I think this pardon relates to an old counter coup few months after the current Qatari Emir overthrew his father in 1995 . The talk was the Saudis and Egyptians helped indirectly with the coup through one particular tribe (EL Merri) and it was botched .The Qataris got upset with this interference in their local affairs and Deported most of the Egyptian residents in retaliation , threw something like 6000 members of the El Merri Tribe across the border to Saudi , Locked up all Qataris and Saudis who were involved in the coup attempt ,and I guess now the Qatari Government has commuted their sentence and will release them from jail as a gesture of good well .

    Comment by daggero | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  5. LLOOLL, Mrm, you totally crack me up. . . come visit. 🙂

    Oh Daggero, Fifteen years ago??? LLOOOLLL, I thought it had to do with the attempted coup rumored to have taken place at the end of last summer, when all the royals quickly terminated their travels and returned in haste to Qatar. Guess they had to make room. . .

    The Al Marris are often in the paper in Qatar . . . kind of like the local bad boys. But many of the names in Qatar are the same as in Kuwait – and I am pretty sure I saw Al Marris in Kuwait, too?

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  6. Yes, Daggero has it correct…another paper referred to the date of the coup attempt and it was the one from the 90’s, so guess these guys had been languishing in prison in Qatar since then. The coup attempt last summer still didn’t happen 🙂

    Comment by Grammy | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  7. Grammy, I wonder if we will ever know?!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  8. Intlxpatr

    Al Merri tribe is aslo present in kuwait as normal citizens and they are not made out to be the Bad Boys as in Qatar . I guess they are still under focus there after their involvement in the counter coup

    Comment by daggero | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  9. Maybe in 15 years, when this batch of coup attemptees is pardoned.

    Comment by Grammy | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  10. Daggero – I’m curious – do the Al Marri live within 6th ring, or outside sixth ring, for the most part?

    Grammy – or maybe we will never know . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 29, 2010 | Reply


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