Prosecutor Calls for Beheading of Failed Qatar Coup Leader

Published September 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Qatar appeals court heard Sunday the public prosecutor call for the beheading of the ringleader of a failed coup in 1996. 

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, a cousin of the ruling emir who was once economy minister and police chief, was jailed for life last February along with 32 other plotters for the coup attempt. 

The public prosecutor in the trial, which opened in November 1997, had called for all 118 defendants to be beheaded. 

Defense lawyer Nasser al-Kaabi requested that Sheikh Hamd bin Jassem be taken out of solitary confinement since that was not included in the sentence. 

The court agreed to examine the request if the defense presented within one week a detailed submission to justify the appeal. 

Eighty-five defendants were cleared of "attempting to overthrow the head of state by force", including 20 who were tried in absentia. 

A Saudi was among those who received a life sentence, while two Egyptians, a Sri Lankan and a Tanzanian were acquitted. 

The emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, ousted his father Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani in a bloodless coup in June 1995. The ousted emir was alleged to have instigated the failed counter-coup from abroad. 

The court, which opened Sunday the appeals by both the prosecution and the defense, adjourned until October 15 - DOHA (AFP) 

 

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