Ali Bin Fetais Al-Marri is the subject of several controversies, notably for ill-gotten gains in Geneva and Paris, bank accounts held at the National Bank of Kuwait and human rights violations. He was also accused by US media and a leaked diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks of having helped members of his family who were members of Al-Qaeda.
General Ali al-Marri managed to get them released from US prisons and ensured freedom of movement for them going against what was recommended in treaties.
The recent attention prompted by his financial scandals made the media leading to curiosity, which has brought to the fore many neglected stories such as this Washington Post article published in 2007.
This document revealed the Attorney General’s ties with his relative, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, also known as Abdul Rahman al-Qatari.
Saleh al-Marri was sentenced to serve a 15-year sentence in a United States federal prison, with credit for the nearly eight years he was held in detention without charges. He pleaded guilty to one count in a plea bargain after his case was transferred in 2009 to the federal court system. In 2009, the government transferred al-Marri’s case to the Department of Justice and the federal civilian court system, making it moot at the Supreme Court. In a plea agreement, al-Marri pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization on April 30, 2009
He admitted to being a very important member of al-Qaeda and that he had planned new attacks, including using chemical weapons. In his personal computer, federal agents found records called “Jihad Arena or Jihad Stadium” containing information on hydrogen cyanide. During his arrest, more than 1,000 fake credit card numbers and forged identity documents were seized.
Before coming to the United States, Saleh al-Marri worked for more than 10 years as a senior officer at Qatar Islamic Bank and as a senior accountant for the Qatari government.
In addition, an investigation by the US authorities proved that Saleh had been in contact with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks. He was finally released in 2015 after 13 years in detention.
The decision to release a relative was not an American decision, but it took place after behind the scenes diplomatic action and after lengthy negotiations conducted by a “close friend” of the Attorney General.
According to reports in the American media, Bin Fetais used all his contacts so that his relative can be released. As a last resort, thanks to this assistance, a prominent al-Qaeda member was exchanged against US citizens (a couple) who were arbitrarily detained in Doha.
Equally surprising is the fact that when he arrived in Doha, in January 2015, Saleh al-Marri received a “hero’s welcome” by the Qatari authorities. He even received a phone call from the Qatari prime minister.
Former Qatari anchor and current board member of Al-Jazeera, Elham Badr, congratulated Saleh al-Marri on Twitter on the return of al-Qaeda member.
The Attorney-General also played an active role in the release of Jarallah Saleh Mohammed Kahla al-Marri in 2008. He is the younger brother of Saleh al-Yazid, who was arrested at Guantanamo after being caught at an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.
The Attorney-General succeeded in deporting him to Qatar on the condition that Jarallah does not leave Qatar forever. However, in violation of this agreement with the United States, Jarallah traveled and the Qataris did not inform their American counterparts.
According to a confidential memo from the US ambassador in Doha, unveiled by WikiLeaks, there was US resentment over Qatari non-compliance with the agreements reached regarding the conditions related to the release of Jarallah.
In the confidential memo, one official was identified as Qatar’s Attorney-General Ali bin Fattis al-Marri.
This article has been adapted from its original source (alarabiya)