A number of Qataris have expressed their denouncement of the Saudi and Emirati authorities’ biased treatment against them, which encouraged their citizens to usurp the rights of Qataris there. Local Arabic daily Arrayah reported yesterday the case of two Qatari men, one in Saudi Arabia and the other in the UAE, who approached the Compensation Claims Committee to help get their rights after the Saudi and Emirati authorities rejected court cases filed by them against some of their citizens.
Saleh al-Hadifi said that he has approached the committee to document his loss due to the Saudi Authorities’ refusal to implement a ruling by a Saudi court against one of its citizens because the other party is a Qatari man.
“I sold a plot of land in Saudi Arabia for SR25mn to a Saudi man before the blockade and received only SR2mn as down payment and for the remaining sum I got bank cheques. When I discovered that the cheques were not honoured, I filed a case against the man at the Saudi courts through a lawyer and the man got a prison term. However, after the blockade, the man was released and the case was rejected on instructions by the authorities there,” he said.
He explained that his lawyer in Saudi Arabia told him that the case was rejected at the court because it involved a Qatari man.
“This means as if the authorities there are encouraging their citizens to seize the rights of Qataris,” al-Hadifi pointed out.
Similarly, Shafi al-Hajri tried to file a case at an Emirati court through a local lawyer against a UAE man who owes him QR370,000. However, he was informed later by the lawyer that the case was rejected by the court because it was filed by a Qatari national.
“If things go on like this, people in the UAE would be encouraged to usurp the rights of others knowing that their government would not take any action against them,” he stressed.
Both men said that they could not find any way out of their situations but to approach the Compensation Claims Committee to get their rights. Meanwhile, the committee has continued to receive more applications for claims and related inquiries from various persons seeking help to get their dues and access to their property.
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