News 16th October 2017

BeIn Media Group reportedly uncooperative with French authorities

BeIn Media Group has refused to fully cooperate with France’s Parquet Nationale Financier’s (PNF), which is investigating its Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi on behalf of the Swiss prosecutors, who launched new investigations into allegations of corruption concerning the award of the FIFA World Cup hosting and TV rights last week. A PNF spokesperson told Reuters that BeIn’s cooperation had been minimal, and that it had refused to hand over data located on servers based in Doha.

This stance appears to contradict a 12 October statement published by BeIn Media Group after the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) announced its new investigations last week. ‘The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of this investigation’, it read.

As reported by the Sports Integrity Initiative last week, the English profile of Al-Khelaifi fails to mention that he is a Director of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), whereas the Arabic version lists him as a board member. QIA is a state owned organisation founded by Qatar’s ruling Al Thani family.

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