Dutch Lawyer Wants Qatar to Compensate Victims of Terrorism

A well-known human rights lawyer based in the Netherlands has demanded that Qatar provide compensation to the Dutch-based victims of a Syrian extremist group, linked to al Qaeda. According to her, Al Nusra, the extremist outfit, was financed through funding networks based in Qatar.

The lawyer, Liesbeth Zegveld, sent a letter to the ruling emir of Qatar, accusing it of failing at taking action against this extremist group. As such, it is liable to pay for the damages which were suffered by the many victims.

Qatar has denied that it funds extremist groups. However, no spokesperson made any comment about the claims and the compensation demands.

In the letter, written to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the lawyer talks about one of the victims of al Nusra.

The victim’s identity was not released due to safety concerns, was taken hostage by the terrorist group near Damascus during December 2012. After being kidnapped, he was not only tortured repeatedly but also forced to watch as two other hostages were execute. He was also subjected to a fake execution. The terrorists made a ransom demand of almost $2 million. Fortunately, the man was able to escape eventually and was given asylum by the Netherlands.

Liesbeth Zegveld has stated that if a compensation fund was not established by Qatar, legal proceedings will be launched by her against the nation as well as state officials and even organizations and individuals based in Qatar and involved in terrorism financing.

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