The Paris Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation against the president of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, for possible crimes of undeclared work and exploitation of a former butler, Hicham Karmoussi, who is also implicated in a complaint for the kidnapping of a lobbyist.
As reported this Wednesday by the newspaper Le Monde, the investigation was launched last September, after Al-Khelaïfi’s former confidant filed a complaint in March. This process runs parallel to those opened against the president of PSG for possible crimes of kidnapping with torture, extortion and association of criminals, after the French-Algerian Tayeb Benabderrahmane, detained for several months in Qatar, filed a lawsuit in France.
At the end of June, Karmoussi filed his own complaint regarding those same events, revealing the conditions under which, according to his version, he signed an agreement in July 2020 for the release of Benabderrahmane. This release occurred in exchange for the delivery of digital memory media that allegedly contained compromising data on the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and that Karmoussi himself had previously provided to Benabderrahmane.
The latter was finally able to leave that country – where he had been hired by the Qatari Human Rights Committee as a consultant – at the end of 2020, but only after signing a protocol with Karmoussi that obliged him to keep what happened secret and not divulge. those documents.
In his complaint, Al-Khelaïfi’s former confidant also blames his former boss and his entourage for having tried to kidnap him at the beginning of 2020, by having done everything possible to put him on a plane bound for Doha, as reported. which leaked to the press when the complaint was made public.
This Wednesday, the newspaper Le Monde He also reported that Al-Khelaïfi used the excuse of having a diplomatic passport to try to evade an airport control by the French police who, last July, asked him to hand over his cell phone for the investigation of the alleged kidnapping.