Armed raid on Qatari Sheikh Sultan’s palace; documents confiscated

Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al-Thani

Doha — The palace of Sheikh Sultan Bin Suhaim Al-Thani in Doha came under an armed raid carried out by a unit of 15 members of the Qatari Security Forces last Thursday evening, according to a Sky News report.

The security forces confiscated about 137 bags and a number of iron cabinets containing all documents and artifacts of Sheikh Sultan.

The confiscated items also included vast archive and artifacts of his father and former Foreign Minister Sheikh Suhaim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

These materials constitute a treasure of knowledge and of high political value, and represent an accurate record of the history of Qatar and its domestic events since 1960s until the death of Sheikh Suhaim in 1985, the channel reported.

This is the second operation in a week after the freezing of the accounts and properties of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Thani.

Earlier, the state security agents stormed the private room of Sheikh Mona Al-Dosari, the widow of Sheikh Suhaim and the mother of Sheikh Sultan, and confiscated all her personal and family pictures, as well as looted all jewelry, valuables and money. During the three operations, the palace workers were subjected to assault, beatings and detention. The Sudanese female housekeeper was first deported from Qatar and the fate of the two arrested Moroccan nationals is still unknown.

Another Sudanese female worker was beaten and detained for eight hours. Until now, all the workers in the palace are being held in an undisclosed location and they are prevented from moving while the palace is under the full control of security officials.

In one of the testimonies gathered by Sky News, the assault squad was violently handling the situation and were carrying tools to break doors and locks.

Sky News has confirmed that the Qatari authorities have frozen all accounts of Sheikh Sultan and seized his seal, documents and trade contracts, which poses a risk of misuse for fraudulent purposes.