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Bahrain says Qatar freed bodybuilding champ and two others

January 14, 2021
Qatar has released Bahrain’s bodybuilding champion Sami Al Haddad and two other Bahraini citizens who had been detained during fishing trips, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday citing a statement from the country’s interior ministry.
Qatar has released Bahrain’s bodybuilding champion Sami Al Haddad and two other Bahraini citizens who had been detained during fishing trips, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday citing a statement from the country’s interior ministry.

MANAMA— Qatar has released Bahrain’s bodybuilding champion Sami Al Haddad and two other Bahraini citizens who had been detained during fishing trips, the Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday citing a statement from the country’s interior ministry.

Their boats and banooshs (traditional boats) have, however, been kept by the Qatari authorities, the ministry added in the statement.

Manama on Sunday demanded Qatari authorities release bodybuilder Sami Al Haddad, who was arrested along with a compatriot on Friday.

"Based on the Cabinet's directives to the Ministry of Interior to undertake all necessary processes toward releasing all citizens detained by Qatar and their return to Bahrain, the Ministry of Interior reports that it received notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Bahraini citizens Ibrahim Al Haddad and Mohammed Yousif Al Doassary who were arrested by the Qatari Coastal and Border Security at sea on Jan. 8, 2021 while on a fishing trip, were released today," the ministry said.

"Bahraini sailor Habib Abbas, who was arrested on Dec. 3, 2020, was also released. However, their boats were not released, bringing the number of Bahraini boats and banooshs that are still kept by Qatar to 50."

The statement added that Bahrain's embassy in Oman reported that the Bahraini citizens have arrived there.

"The Ministry of Interior contacted for reassurance and upon their arrival in the Kingdom of Bahrain, their statements will be taken at the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science to learn about the details of their arrest in order to take the necessary legal measures in this regard," the ministry added. — Agencies


January 14, 2021
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