The former Emir of Qatar Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani who was deposed by his son in 1995 - Reuters
CAIRO – 14 September 2017: “I am Mohamed bin Hamad Jalal Al Marri. I belong to Al Ghufran tribe that is a branch of Al Morra tribe,” an exiled Qatari citizen said in the Qatar Global Security and Stability said on Thursday.
Al Marri proceeds, “Our tribe comprises many military officers, summing up to 200, including my father, who has been thrown to jail and tortured for upholding their oath of allegiance to Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani who was toppled by a coup de palais led by his son in 1995.”
Al Marri added that the regime took away the nationality of many of his tribe members, and exiled them. “They were prevented from seeking health care, or receiving education. My mother suffered from cancer and I could not visit her before she died,” he stated.
The Qatar global security and stability conference organized by exiled Qataris pressing for reform in the country kicked off in London Thursday, and comes as the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf enters its fourth month.