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Qatari Sheikh Being Sued For Asking Guard to Commit Double Murder, Holding American Prisoner



Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (also known as “Khalid”), 32, the younger brother of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, 39, is being sued in federal court for allegedly ordering for the murder of two people and for holding an American citizen hostage.

When his security guard refused, Khalid allegedly tried to kill him too.

The plaintiffs Matthew Pittard and Matthew Allendale reside in Florida and California and worked for Khalid as security and a paramedic respectively. The two men, who were previously employed by the junior Al-Thani, traveled with him to the United States, Qatar, London, “and any location to which Defendant Khalid chose to travel.”

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The lawsuit alleges that Khalid broke California and Florida labor laws “for violations of overtime wage requirements, and notice and record-keeping requirements.”

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“During his employment, Pittard was solicited by Defendant Khalid for the murder of two individuals,” the lawsuit, filed on July 23 in a Florida federal court, states. “In approximately late September of 2017 and November of 2017, in Los Angeles, California, Defendant Khalid asked Pittard to murder a male and a female who Defendant Khalid viewed as threats to his social reputation and personal security. Pittard refused to execute these unlawful requests.”

The suit also alleges that Khalid and his private Qatari security staff held an American citizen hostage on at least two occasions in Khalid’s personal residences in the Gulf nation and had the American citizen arrested and jailed at the Onaiza Police Station in Doha. Pittard notified the U.S. Embassy of the situation and America came to his aid and helped him reach safety before getting him safely out of Qatar.

However, when Khalid found out that Pittard helped the American citizen escape from his clutches, he threatened him and demanded he know the man’s whereabouts and return him or he would “would pay the price,” which included threats to Pittard that “he would kill him, bury his body in the desert, and kill Pittard’s family,” according to the lawsuit.

Khalid allegedly even brandished “a Glock 26 firearm, which he tapped repeatedly during his exchange with Pittard, to execute new employment documents” in order to intimidate him.

The lawsuit also says that Allendale worked seven days a week, 12 hours a day and in some cases “worked for 20 to 36 hours straight, with minimal meal breaks and no opportunity for sleep.”

Similarly, Allendale, who was commissioned to monitor Khalid’s vitals during 36-hour-long hardcore partying and drinking binges alleged he was “held captive in a compound, threatened with a gun and ultimately jumped from an 18-foot wall to escape.”

The suit states that Allendale “used a security guard dog’s kennel to scale over an eighteen-foot perimeter wall.” He was hospitalized and underwent surgery to treat the injuries he sustained from the 18-foot fall, and on “February 4, 2018, once he was healthy enough to travel, though still on crutches, Allende was terminated from employment by” Khalid.

This isn’t the junior Al-Thani’s first run-in with the law.

In September 2015, a then-29-year-old Khalid was caught on video speeding through several stop signs and recklessly zooming past pedestrians in Beverly Hills in a $1.4 million yellow Ferrari LaFerrari which he was racing against a Porche 911 GT3.

Khalid has reportedly been a racing enthusiast since he was 12 and had spent upwards of $10 million sponsoring the Al-Anabi drag racing team.

Video journalist Jacob Rogers filmed the fiasco.

In an interview with NBC News, Rogers said he approached the racing royal and asked him why he was endangering the lives of residents in the neighborhood with his driving. “He told me verbatim, ‘I could have you killed and get away with it.'” In response, Roger said, “I told him, ‘The press is allowed to be here on the sidewalk on a public street.’ He said, ‘Fuck America’ and threw a cigarette at me.”

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