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Qatar Orders Arrest of Finance Minister Amid Probe

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Qatar (Al Jazeera) – Attorney general orders arrest of Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi as part of an investigation, state media says.

Qatar’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of public funds and abuse of power, according to state media.

Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Thursday that the decision had been taken after the review of documents and reports regarding crimes related to the public sector.

An “expanded” investigation was under way, it added.

“The attorney general has ordered the arrest of Minister of Finance Ali Sharif Al Emadi, and his questioning about matters raised in the reports regarding crimes pertaining to public office, such as damage to public funds, exploiting one’s post, and abuse of power,” QNA said.

No other details were immediately available.

Al Emadi, who oversaw the growth of Qatar National Bank, has served as finance minister since 2013.

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