An armed force of the Qatari security forces raided the palace of Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Al Thani in Doha and confiscated documents and possessions belonging to his father, former Foreign Minister Sheikh Suhaim bin Hamad.
The security forces confiscated about 137 cases and a number of iron cabinets containing all of Sheikh Sultan documents and possessions, in addition to a vast archive that accurately documents the history of Qatar.
Sky News television reported that the raid, which lasted six hours, was carried out by a unit of 15 members of the Qatari security forces on Thursday evening.
The confiscated materials are of high political value and record the history of Qatar and its domestic events since the 1960s and until Sheikh Suhaim’s death in 1985, it reported.
The state agents also entered the private room of Sheikh Sultan’s mother, Sheikha Mona al-Dousary, and seized valuables, including family photos, all her jewelry and cash.
In addition, workers in the palace were assaulted and arrested with the Sudanese housekeeper being deported, while the fate of two arrested Moroccans is still unknown. Another Sudanese female worker was detained for eight hours and up to this moment, palace staff are being held in an undisclosed location and are not allowed to leave.
The palace is now under complete control of the security forces.
Sky News also confirmed that Qatari authorities have frozen all of Sheikh Sultan’s assets and seized his seal, documents and trade contracts, which poses a risk that they may be misused for fraudulent purposes.
Qatari authorities froze the accounts of Sheikh Sultan days after freezing the assets of Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani.