Qatar sheikh alleges detained In UAE. Middle East at the dark side.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani in a video is viewed seated in an armchair warning that he had been "afraid something would happen to me personally that would be blamed Qatar"
A controversial associate of Qatar's royal family says he's being arrested in the UAE, media reported Sunday, eight months into a crisis between Gulf states.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani, also a royal, emerged as an improbable mediator in August, weeks after Riyadh and Abu Dhabi cut ties with Doha.
A video broadcasting online platform, by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television, shows the sheikh seated in an armchair warning that he was "afraid something may happen to me personally that will be blamed on Qatar".
"That is not the situation. I'm now arrested," Sheikh Abdullah explained.
"that I need to make certain that the people of Qatar are innocent," the sheikh said. "Sheikh Mohammed bears full responsibility for anything that occurs to me"
The video could not be immediately authenticated, although Emirati officials were not immediately available for comment.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June over allegations Doha supported Islamist extremists and had close ties to regional rival Iran.
Back in August, Sheikh Abdullah fulfilled strong Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to mediate on a land boundary allowing Qatari pilgrims to execute the annual Muslim pilgrimage into the Saudi city of Mecca.
It had been the very first people high-level encounter between the two nations because the diplomatic crisis surfaced.
Doha was swift to figure out that he had been in Saudi Arabia to a personal mission and didn't represent the government. Sheikh Abdullah belongs to some branch of the Al-Thani royal household which has witnessed its power but is still well-connected from the Gulf.
Reported on an India baed media www.ndtv.com