Three investigating judges in Paris have been appointed on Monday to study the accusations of kidnapping and torture against Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. These charges were made by Franco-Algerian lobbyist Tayeb Benabderrahmane. 

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He had filed a complaint several months ago about being tortured in Qatar in 2020 for being in possession of documents containing compromising information on Al-Khelaifi. Benabderrahmane has issued a complaint with a civil action, this allows French law to go ahead with a judicial investigation with regard to the alleged crimes. 

His lawyers, Maïtres Romain Ruiz and Gabriel Vejnar have claimed to be “very satisfied” with the news after spending months attempting to create the case and bring it to the French justice, who have criticised them for their slowness and lack of action.

Reports add that the information possessed by Benabderrahmane could be stored on Al-Khelaïfi’s mobile phone. This information could implicate the PSG president in relation to the wrongdoings in the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar or even the awarding of television rights for the Middle East for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups to BeIN Media. 

The Qataris have already been investigated and acquitted regarding this matter as a result of his relationship with Jerôme Vackle, a former FIFA employee. Both were accused of negotiating the rights of hosting and broadcasting the three World Cups in question behind the backs of the governing body.

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