split and escape Amir Emirati to Qatar[/size] Twilight News
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A report by the New York Times on the dissolution of Emir of the Emir and his arrival to the State of Qatar.
According to the report's author, Kirkpatrick, the split Emirati prince gives a rare glimpse through which to see the tensions between the rulers of the United Arab Emirates.
The fragmentation of an emir of the Emir and his escape to Qatar provides a rare glimpse into the tensions among rulers of the United Arab Emirates. At the same time adding an uncomfortable complexity to the dispute with Qatar, the regional rival of the UAE.
The dissident prince is Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharaqi, who is thirty-one years old. He is the second son of the ruler of Fujairah, one of the UAE's smallest and least wealthy among the seven kingdoms of the United Arab Emirates. Until recently, Sheikh Rashid was in charge of managing the government's media establishment in Fujairah.
Sheikh Rashid arrived in Doha, the capital of Qatar, early on the morning of May 16 and applied for political asylum.
As soon as he arrived, Sheikh Rashid told Qatari officials that he was afraid of his life because of a dispute with the rulers of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich emirate that dominates the UAE, as he confirmed in interviews with Sheikh Rashid himself, Diagonal close to the royal family.
A representative of the UAE embassy in Washington refused to comment on the story, and the rulers of Fujairah were not reachable.
Sheikh Rashid's escape to Doha, the first of its kind in nearly forty-seven years of the history of the United Arab Emirates, is the first case in which a member of one of the seven ruling families has criticized his rulers, according to experts specializing in the history and affairs of the region .
In an interview with The New York Times, Sheikh Rashid accused UAE rulers of extortion and money laundering, although he did not provide evidence to support his claims.
He also spoke openly about the existence of tensions between the UAE, which was talked about in the past limited to whispering, and spoke in particular about the dissatisfaction with the decision of the leadership of Abu Dhabi to intervene militarily in Yemen.
He said the rulers of Abu Dhabi had not consulted the other emir of the UAE before sending troops into the war, which has now gone on for three years to fight a faction allied with the Iranians inside Yemen. Yet the first ranks of the fighting are led by soldiers from smaller Emirates, such as Fujairah, where most of the deaths occur in the war. The UAE media claims that the number of Emirati deaths in the war in Yemen barely exceeds 100.
Sheikh Rashid said the number of deaths among Fujairah residents was higher than the number of deaths from other emirates, and accused Abu Dhabi of hiding the true numbers of deaths.
He said he had decided to give the interview in the hope that public interest in his case would protect his family in Fujairah from the pressure Abu Dhabi is exerting on him, and he was optimistic that the threat of disclosing more information would strengthen his position vis-à-vis Abu Dhabi as well. "I am the first person in the ruling family to come out of the UAE to reveal all that he has about them."
But his arrival in Doha was a dilemma for Qataris, in part because of uncertainty about Sheikh Rashid's relationship with Abu Dhabi.
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have led a campaign to isolate Qatar and cut off all diplomatic and trade ties with it in order to pressure this oil-rich little kingdom to adhere to the same foreign policy and join them in emphasizing political Islam. The pressure to host Abu Dhabi has increased a handful of exiled members of the ruling family in Qatar, seeking to amplify and exploit their criticism of the current prince, bringing them to the public as substitute rulers.
But Qatar refused to publicly acknowledge Sheikh Rashid's presence on its soil. A person close to the ruling Qatari family confirmed that Qatar had allowed Sheikh Rashid to stay, but a government spokesman repeatedly declined to respond to our request for comment.
Experts in the region say Qatar may fear an escalation in confrontation with the United Arab Emirates if it appears to sponsor a member of the ruling family and provide refuge in its territory. However, the Qatari official said the government was uncomfortable with the details of the dispute between Sheikh Rashid and Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Rashid was accused in an interview with Abu Dhabi intelligence agencies of blackmailing him and threatening to publish embarrassing videos of a personal nature. He described the videos as fabricated, but declined to disclose the content of the material, raising the possibility that the videos if published to embarrass his hosts also.
Sheikh Rashid also claimed that intelligence agencies pressured him to transfer tens of millions of dollars on her behalf to people unknown in other countries, which appeared to violate UAE and international laws that prohibit money laundering.
"They told him to send money here and send the money out there," he said, adding that he had already transferred a total of $ 70 million to Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt and Syria, as well as to places as far away as India and Ukraine.
But he was unable to provide evidence to substantiate charges, and said the transfer receipts remained in Fujairah.
According to the account, Sheikh Rashid rejected any additional demands from last spring when an Emirati intelligence officer mentioned his family, the rulers of Fujairah. Sheikh Rashid said he interpreted the words of the intelligence officer as meaning that the agencies wanted him to seek to replace his elder brother as crown prince.
Experts from the Gulf region say other UAE leaders often complain about Abu Dhabi's dominance over the UAE and its foreign policy. "It is rare for such elite policies to leak to the public in the United Arab Emirates," said David P. Roberts, a professor at Kings College, University of London.Keywords: http://www.shafaaq.com/ar/Ar_NewsReader/f9516e61-40d5-4aa7-a90f-b58865c4d16a