Qatar threatens to sue Guardian over 2022 World Cup expose'

Vice minister Al Mulla slams it as 'conspiracy'

08 October, 15:31

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA, OCTOBER 8 - Qatari Deputy Labour Minister Hussain Al Mulla slammed as a 'conspiracy' a report denouncing the abuse of Nepalese migrant workers employed in the construction of stadiums and infrastructures for the 2022 World Cup to be hosted by Qatar recently published by British daily the Guardian. Al Mulla announced that his government intends to take legal action against the newspaper over the expose'.

    In an interview to Doha daily Al Raya, Al Mulla denounced as 'false' the Guardian's report. 'If a foreign media outlet slanders Qatar and publishes negative propaganda, it crosses a red line', he said. 'It is necessary to investigate and show the world the truth'.

    The Guardian published data provided by the Nepalese embassy in Doha according to which 44 Nepalese workers died from June 4 until August 8 this year. Al Mulla claimed casualties were 15 instead and said the death toll was not alarming. The newspaper denounced workers' rights violations including unpaid salaries but the Qatari deputy minister said Nepalese workers 'send billion of dollars home each year'. (ANSAmed)
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