UAE Sheikh receives Bangladeshi State Minister raising human rights issues
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi seeks to woo Bangladesh’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shahriar Alam, MP in Khater Massaad case, raising egregious human rights issues.
There is no doubt about it, Sheikh Saud wants money. With tourism and investment on the decline, with no oil to drill in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, with allegations of human rights abuses and torture, RAK is not the glorious well marketed destination Saud had envisaged when he seized the throne ten years ago.
Although his advisor, Swiss National, Dr Khater Massaad, put the emirate on the map and generated billions as the CEO of RAKIA and RAK Ceramics, Sheikh Saud wanted his money too, initiating a series of false allegations against him, ostensibly designed to seize his assets. Several times, Massaad has removed his name from Interpol’s database, a tactic designed to harass and extort funds from victims. Sheikh Saud failed in extradition requests and civil lawsuits taken in Saudi Arabia due to a lack of evidence of any wrongdoing. After failing to prove his case, Sheikh Saud ordered his own personal courts in Ras Al Khaimah to issue legal judgments against Dr Massaad, which he is now using to circumvent due process, and apply for Bangladesh to transfer Massaad’s Bangladeshi interests to the ruler.