Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the brother of the ruler of Qatar, is facing a lawsuit, which was filed on July 23 in a Florida federal court by two Americans.
During its fact checking, The Baghdad Post received a copy of the document (https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.flmd.366358/gov.uscourts.flmd.366358.1.0.pdf) by the lawyer of the two men, Rebecca Castaneda, to the Qatari Ambassador to the US Sheikh Mashal Bin Hamad Al Thani.
The document was leaked by Imam Tawhidi in retaliation to Qatari media targeting him.
Florida security guard Matthew Pittard and California medic Matthew Allende had worked for the Sheikh in Beverly Hills and used to regularly travel with him to London and Qatar.
They accused Al Thani of giving orders to murder two Americans and holding a third one captive, according to an article published by the Daily Caller. The report said: “During his employment, Pittard was solicited by Defendant Khalid for the murder of two individuals. In approximately late September of 2017 and November of 2017, in Los Angeles, California, Defendant Khalid asked Pittard to murder a male and a female who Defendant Khalid viewed as threats to his social reputation and personal security. Pittard refused to execute these unlawful requests.”
According to the lawsuit, approximately July 7-10, 2018, Defendant Khalid and his private Qatari security staff held an American citizen against his will on at least two occasions in one of Defendant Khalid’s personal residences. Adding that at Defendant Khalid’s request, the American citizen was arrested and jailed at the Onaiza Police Station in Doha, Qatar. Pittard and the United States Embassy came to the aide of the American citizen, and helped the American citizen reach a point of safety, and eventually safely depart from the country.
“Upon learning that Pittard had assisted in securing the American citizen’s safety, Khalid said Pittard would “pay the price,” threatening Pittard that he would kill him, bury his body in the desert, and kill his family,” the suit stated. It added that Pittard was held against his will, his electronics and personal belongings were taken, and he was fired. Khalid brandished a Glock 26 firearm while forcing Pittard “to execute new employment documents.
Khalid had a full-time paramedic to check his vital signs and tend to medical issues. Allende worked in the role from October 2017 to February 2018 in Los Angeles as well as in Doha.
He worked seven days a week, 12 hours a day. In some cases, Allende worked for 20 to 36 hours straight, with minimal meal breaks and no opportunity for sleep, according to the lawsuit says. It continued that on or about December 17, 2017, after approximately three straight weeks of work and a 36-hour sleepless binge by Defendant Khalid, Allende requested a day off, to which Khalid agreed, stressing that during this 36-hour sleepless binge, Allende was forced to stay awake.
As Allende was leaving, an armed security guard stopped him and said Khalid had changed his mind. After he informed the guard he was leaving with or without the guard’s permission, the guard replied ‘No, you are not leaving,'” the lawsuit said.
Allende escaped the premises by “using a security guard dog’s kennel to scale over an eighteen-foot perimeter wall.
“Knowing the risk that he may sustain serious injuries in his efforts to maintain personal security and safety, and escape from the dangerous and threatening situation created by the Sheikh, he jumped from the top of the Majlis perimeter wall to the concrete walkway,” the suit stated, adding that Allende was taken to the hospital for surgery to treat his injuries from the 18-foot fall, and on February 4, 2018, once he was healthy enough to travel, though still on crutches, he was terminated from employment by Defendants.”
Yellow Ferrari races in Beverly Hills
Sheikh Khalid invested $10 million in a drag racing team and was known to drive a bright yellow, $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari around. In 2015, video journalist Jacob Rogers filmed the car screaming through residential neighborhoods racing against a Porcha 911 GT3. He asked one of the drivers why they were endangering residents.
“He told me verbatim, ‘I could have you killed and get away with it,'” Rogers said. “I told him, ‘The press is allowed to be here on the sidewalk on a public street.’ He said, ‘Fuck America’ and threw a cigarette at me.”
The report said that then-29-year-old Khalid claimed he had diplomatic immunity, but the State Department denied it, and Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti insisted that culprits would be held responsible no matter “who you are, who you know or where you are from, adding that the sheikh had left the country, while lawsuit suggests that he returned not long after.
Numerous westerners have been held captive in Qatar. The nation’s royals even imprison members of their own family who are viewed as a threat, a French man who said he was wrongfully imprisoned told media, saying he shared a cell with six members of the royal family.
In the lawsuit, Allende said he was paid $500 a day, and Pittard $102,000 a year. The men claimed that Khalid ignored American labor laws, caused personal injury and retaliated. The suit also named Geo Strategic Defense Solutions LLC, and KH Holding LLC, two companies associated with.
Qatar has allegedly tried to paper over its human rights record by spending billions of dollars on public relations and influence campaigns. It has provided undisclosed trips to Democratic congressmen, given $1 billion to American universities, and owns Al Jazeera, one of the largest producers of progressive viral videos on Facebook.