Qatar: Further arrests of officials and businesspeople are likely in coming months

Predictions

  • Further arrests of officials and businesspeople are likely in coming months as government looks to highlight commitment to fighting graft
  • Government will aim to boost transparency as part of efforts to attract business and diversify economy over coming years
  • Concerns over rights of migrant workers, particularly labourers on World Cup construction projects, will continue to pose reputational risk

Event

Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani sacked Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi on 6 May following his arrest over alleged abuses of power and misuse of public funds. The arrest came a day after the emir had updated the Accountability of Ministers Law, effectively lifting immunity provided to government officials facing civil or criminal prosecution. 

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