Legal threat from the Supreme Committee

On the morning of Sunday 7 November 2021 Josimar received a letter from the Norwegian law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig representing the Qatar 2022 organising committee (The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy) claiming our article "The trial of Abdullah Ibhais" was defamatory in nature and in violation of several laws.

On Monday 8 November 2021 at 14:00 Josimar answered the letter (see bottom of page).

Misuse of confidential information and personal data – for your urgent attention and action 

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS represents the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (hereinafter the "Committee"). 

The Committee has become aware of the article "The trial of Abdullah Ibhais" written by Håvard Melnæs dated 25 October 2021. The article is currently published online on the website trial-of-abdullah-ibhais/. The Committee believes the article contains false and defamatory statements, breaches confidentiality obligations and includes handling of personal data in violation of the data protection regulations. 

The article concerns the criminal trial of Mr. Abdulla Ibhais, the former Media Manager within Marketing & Communications with the Committee. In the article serious allegations are being put forward against the Committee. We cite from the introduction of the article: 

"Was he sentenced to five years in prison on trumped-up charges because he was defending migrant workers in Qatar? And was all this orchestrated by his former employer, The Supreme Committee of Delivery and ...

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