PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi exercises right to silence during probe over Qatar's candidacy to host World Athletics Championships

French prosecutors are looking specifically at two payments of $3.5 million in 2011 by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment, a company run by Nasser's brother Khalid Al-Khelaifi

Agence France-Presse October 15, 2019 13:10:09 IST
PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi exercises right to silence during probe over Qatar's candidacy to host World Athletics Championships
  • PSG manager Nasser Al-Khelaifi was charged in May in connection with Doha's candidacy to stage the championships

  • The Qatari capital lost out to London in 2017 but beat off Eugene and Barcelona for the 2019 edition, which took place at the Khalifa International Stadium this month

  • Al-Khelaifi has denied any wrongdoing and has exercised his right to silence during the court proceedings

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi remained silent during questioning by French prosecutors on Doha's candidacy to stage the World Athletics Championships, according to official documents seen by AFP on Monday.

"I exercise my right to silence," the Qatari replied to each of the 28 questions put to him at the 11 June hearing in Paris.

PSG chief Nasser AlKhelaifi exercises right to silence during probe over Qatars candidacy to host World Athletics Championships

Doha's Khalifa International Stadium where the World Athletics Championships were held. AP

He was charged in May in connection with Doha's candidacy to stage the championships.

The Qatari capital lost out to London in 2017 but beat off Eugene and Barcelona for the 2019 edition, which took place at the Khalifa International Stadium between 27  September and 6 October.

Al-Khelaifi's lawyers Francis Szpiner and Renaud Semerdjian told AFP their client had refused to cooperate as "all the useful answers had already been supplied".

"There were no new elements since the last interview," they added.

Al-Khelaifi, who is also the boss of Qatari television channel BeIN Sports, was charged in May. He was unable to attend when first summoned for questioning by investigators that month as he was in Qatar for the domestic cup final.

French prosecutors are looking specifically at two payments of $3.5 million in 2011 by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment, a company run by Nasser's brother Khalid Al-Khelaifi, to a sports marketing firm run by Papa Massata Diack.

Diack's father Lamine Diack was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 1999 to 2015 and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Al-Khelaifi has denied any wrongdoing.

Updated Date:

also read

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China drops plans to sell tickets as virus cases rise
Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China drops plans to sell tickets as virus cases rise

It is unclear how these spectators will be selected and whether they will have to quarantine before or after the Games.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China virus cases highest in nearly two years, weeks before Games
Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China virus cases highest in nearly two years, weeks before Games

Athletes and officials have already started to land in the capital ahead of the Games, immediately entering a tightly controlled bubble separating them from the rest of the population.

Spanish Super Cup: Athletic Bilbao down Atletico Madrid to reach final
Sports

Spanish Super Cup: Athletic Bilbao down Atletico Madrid to reach final

Nico's goal secured a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Atlético Madrid on Thursday and sent Athletic Bilbao into its second consecutive Spanish Super Cup final.