Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the brother of the Emir of Qatar.


Qatari royal accused of beating Indian chauffeur to death


DOHA – A member of the Qatari royal family is on trial in the US for alleged involvement in killings and vicious crimes, including allegedly beating to death his wife’s Indian chauffeur.

Six Americans who are former employees of the royal, lodged the civil lawsuit against Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the brother of the Emir of Qatar.

According to the lawsuit filed at a US court, Sheikh Khalid ordered his staff to kill Americans on US soil and personally beat his Indian chauffeur to death in Qatar.

The Americans also said they were not paid after working various roles for Sheikh Khalid. The six men are seeking damages from Sheikh Khalid.

One of the plaintiffs alleged that Sheikh Khalid and his security detail attacked the Indian man at the royal family’s desert compound outside Doha.

Terry Hope, who worked as a car tuner for Sheikh Khalid’s racing outfit, said he was working at the sheikh’s residence when he saw Sheikh Khalid berating his wife’s chauffeur.

Hope said Sheikh Khalid ordered his security team to teach the chauffeur “a lesson”, and that they took the man to the desert camp compound where they punched him repeatedly.

Hope also alleged that Sheikh Khalid put a pistol in the man’s mouth and hit him on the back of the head, causing the man to fall on the ground and stop breathing.

Hope said the man’s body was loaded into the back of the car.

The Daily Mail, which first reported the lawsuit, said that Sheikh Khalid’s legal team did not respond to requests for comment. VDA/Expat Media

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