Awad Abdulbagy tries to blackmail Qatar royal family, gets jailed

Man tries to blackmail Qatar royal family, gets jailed
The scheme was branded ‘amateurish’ (Picture: Getty Images)

A chauffeur who made an ‘amateurish’ attempt to blackmail the Qatar royal family after finding private photos in the back of his car has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Awad Abdulbagy, 49, threatened to sell 350 ‘highly sensitive’ pictures to a television station or to one of Qatar’s rivals, including Syria, after he discovered them on a camera and memory sticks following a visit to London by the Qatar royal family in 2013.

But instead of being paid the sum they wanted by Qatari embassy staff, the police were called and Abdulbagy and his wife Nasren Mohammed were arrested.

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Judge Anthony Pitt called the scheme ‘amateurish’ and said that the pictures included ‘nothing disgraceful’.

He did say, however, that the pictures were ‘highly sensitive’ given who they belonged to, and sentenced Abdulbagy to four-and-a-half years. Mohammed, 34, was sentenced to a two-year jail sentence suspended for two years.

The couple have five children, two of whom are disabled, aged three to 11.

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3 May 2015 | 8:47 pm – Source:


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