Sheikh Abdullah flies to Kuwait from UAE: family
January 17 2018 12:22 AM
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Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani said his brother had some health problems.

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A controversial member of Qatar's royal family who accused the United Arab Emirates of detaining him has flown to Kuwait, his family said yesterday.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani, who emerged as a "negotiator" in the dispute between Gulf states in the weeks after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi cut ties with Doha last June, left the UAE with his daughters.
"My father is on his plane to Kuwait with his two daughters," said his son Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani.
"After arriving in Kuwait and checking his health, he will decide to return to Qatar or travel abroad for treatment."
Sheikh Ali added that his father's health was "not stable" and he was suffering from heart disease and diabetes.
Sheikh Abdullah had posted a video online on Sunday saying he was detained in the UAE and "afraid something could happen to me that will be blamed on Qatar".
The UAE denied Sheikh Abdullah was being held against his will, with state news agency WAM reporting he was in the country "at his own behest".
It also said he was "free to leave".
In August, Sheikh Abdullah met Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations it supported extremists and had close ties to regional rival Iran.
Doha denies the accusations.
Kuwait is one of the Gulf states to remain outside the conflict and has acted as a mediator during the eight-month long dispute.
Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Monday said it has received a complaint from the family of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani, confirming his detention and restriction of movement by the Emirati authorities.
In a statement, the NHRC said it has reviewed the video disseminated across media platforms which showed Sheikh Abdullah complaining of being arbitrarily detained by authorities in the UAE and expressing fears of being harmed.
In an interview to Al Jazeera TV , Sheikh Abdullah’s brother said he had to be hospitalised in Abu Dhabi due to the pressure put on him by the UAE authorities. Sheikh Khalid bin Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani said his brother had some health problems because of the exhaustion and pressure exerted on him. 
On the video posted on Sunday, Sheikh Abdullah said that he was detained in Abu Dhabi after being hosted by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and cautioned that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi would be responsible for any harm that might befall him.



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