Arrested because of media appointment?

Abdullah Ibhais has gone on a hunger strike. His family has issued a statement calling on Fifa to put pressure on Qatar authorities for a just trial and his immediate release.

Early Monday morning, Abdullah Ibhais was arrested and put in prison in Doha. The Qatari authorities has offered no reason for the arrest. Abdullah told Josimar he believes he was arrested because he had an interview appointment with Norwegian state broadcaster NRK later that same Monday.

Today, Wednesday 17 November 2021, his family distributed the following statement to a number of human rights organisations and media outlets.

Statement from the Family of Abdullah Ibhais, Former World Cup 2022 Official Detained in Qatar:

-All proceeding confirm the suspension that Abdullah was framed deliberately by the SC to silence his criticism over migrant workers violations

-By failing to act, FIFA shares responsibility for Abdullah's life, safety, and well-being

Abdullah Ibhais, former Media Manager at the Supreme Committee of Delivery and Legacy (SC), the organizing body of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, was arrested from his house in Doha for the second time on Monday 15th of November 2021 at 6:00 a.m. Doha local time.

This arrest is unjustified, as his case is still being seen in front of Judge Naser al Dosari of the second circuit of the Doha Court of Appeal. It came despite his good conduct, and the fact that he attended all court hearings, noting he is already under a travel ban enforced by the court, and this is why Abdullah has s...

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