Qatari businessman Nasser al-Khelaifi testified in a massive corruption case. After interrogation at the financial Prosecutor’s office in Paris the President of football club “Paris Saint Germain” and the owner of the company Qatar Sports Investments was granted the status of witness is suspect. Later he can be charged with corruption and money laundering in especially large size.
Times are tough for the President of the club “Paris Saint Germain”, the head of Qatar Sports Investments and the owner of the company beIN Media Group Nasser al-Khelaifi.
In the past — 2018 — Football Leaks, and then Mediapart and Der Spiegel reported that the club administration has classified personal Affairs and led the recruiting policy on the basis of the ethnicity of potential players. Then it was reportedthat the Qatari investors since the acquisition of PSG in 2011, fraudulently put about 1.8 billion euros, and the head of UEFA hush up the case. This year PSG have prematurely eliminated from the Champions League and a significant share of the responsibility, the experts put al-Khelaifi: the newspaper L’equipe wrotethat he was unable to satisfy the requirements of the coach “Parisians” Thomas Tuchel, to acquire a profile and create the conditions for the implementation of the coaching plan into reality. Besides, according to L’equipe, al-Khelaifi too often missing to fully organize the work of the club. And here is another shock — a businessman has caused the national financial Prosecutor’s office of France to testify in the massive corruption case.
March 20, al-Khelaifi met with the Prosecutor Renaud van Ruymbeke. About it told the portal Mediapart and newspaper L’equipe. According to these media reports, after questioning the head of the QSI was rated so-called interim status of the witness-suspect — in the investigation of al-Khelaifi can be charged with corruption and money laundering in especially large size.
Al-Khelaifi testified in the case Massata Papa Diack — the son of the former head of the International athletics Federation IAAFЛамина Diack, who is considered the organizer of a major corruption of the OS in the highest circles of the Federation. For example, they are suspected of taking bribes from the Russian athletics Federation (vfla) for concealing cases of doping Russian athletes. Also there is a suspicion that the candidates of Brazil and Japan for the Olympic games in 2016 and 2020 were approved with corruption schemes of the deacon.
In 2016, the financial prosecutors in France have discovered two strange translation totaling approximately 2.5 million euros from a subsidiary QSI — Oryx-Qatar Sports Investments on account belonging to the company Diack of Pamodzi Sports Consulting. The transfer was made shortly before the vote for the host city of world Championships in athletics in 2017. The Prosecutor’s office suggests that the Oryx-QSI tried to buy Pamodzi rights to broadcast the world Cup to later at a lower price to resell them beIN Sports, owned by al-Khelaifi and 2.5 million euros was the first “non-refundable” tranche.
The interests of the Qatari businessman in France is represented by counsel Francis Spiner, known for having defended the most controversial clients, including the Central African dictator Bokassa in the mid-80s. the Challenge of al-Khelaifi to the Prosecutor Spiner commented: “There are many reasons to visit the Palace of justice, you know. This does not always mean that you have to reproach ourselves with.”
During the interrogation, al-Khelaifi stated that he did not know anything about the money order and noted that these issues were in charge of the then commercial Director of beIN Sports Youssef al-Obaidli. Now he возглавляетbeIN Sports France. It is possible that he will also be questioned soon. Also to testify can be caused by the brother of Nasser al-Khelaifi Khalid, who owns half of the Oryx-QSI.