Belgian has been sentenced to three years in Qatar

26th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

He cannot leave the country because he is caught up in a business conflict.

The Belgian Philippe Bogaert has been in the Belgian embassy of Qatar since December. He has been sentenced to three years in prison. He cannot leave the country because he is caught up in a business conflict.

In April of last year Bogaert went to Qatar, a Gulf country, to head up a branch of the communications company Dialogic. When the company went bankrupt a business conflict arose with the shareholders in Qatar. They are demanding a huge compensation settlement from Bogaert.



To leave Qatar Philippe Bogaert needs an exit visa but his business partners in Qatar are refusing to sign the visa. In the meantime Philippe Bogaert's residential and work permits have expired. Bogaert sought shelter at the Belgian embassy and has been stuck there since last December.

Diplomatic attempts to get him out of the country have failed. His wife and children have launched a campaign to draw attention to the case. The family has been in contact with Bogaert via internet.

He explains his side of the story on his own internet site, which can be visited here.

Bogaert is planning to appeal the conviction, but needs financial aid to pay for a lawyer in Qatar.

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