Qatari prince remanded in custody in Qatar

24-08-2005

Prince Hamid bin Abdul Sani, a member of Qatar's royal family, who was sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a Czech court for sexual abuse of underage girls, was extradited to Qatar and remanded in custody upon arrival on Tuesday night. The Czech Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Abdul Sani could be extradited to face criminal prosecution in Qatar. The court ruling, which is believed to have set an important precedent, complied with an earlier request by Justice Minister Pavel Nemec for Mr Sani to be tried in his homeland. The office of the Qatari supreme state attorney had guaranteed that criminal proceedings would start immediately after Mr Sani's return to Qatar.