Suspicions of spying on part of Qatar: three current surveys at Paris prosecutor’s office

According to information from the “world”, Michel Platini was auditioned as a complainant, on January 4, after the revelations of the “Sunday Times”.

by Rémi Dupré

On November 5, 2022, Qatar was implicated, a few days before the opening of “its” football world cup. An investigation of Sunday Times and the NGO The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) presented the gas emirate as the alleged sponsor of a global spy operation targeting personalities – journalists of Investigation, political leaders, lawyers – linked to the controversial allocation, in December 2010, of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, or criticism of the host country of the tournament.

According to our information, following these revelations, three preliminary surveys are currently underway in France. The first was opened for “achieving an automated data processing system”, “theft and violation of correspondence secrecy”, in November, by the Paris prosecutor’s office after the complaint filed by Michel Platini via the TEMIME law firm and associates.

Presumed victim of “hackers” in connection with the emirate, the ex-president of the Union of European Football Associations was heard as a complainant, on January 4, at his home in Cassis (Bouches-du- Rhône). The investigations have been entrusted to the Central Office for the Combat against Crime Linked to Information and Communication Technological.

The former Numéro 10 des Blues is suspected by French justice for having voted for Qatar, in December 2010, during the allocation ballot of the 2022 World Cup, under the influence of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy. What he disputes. Mr. Platini, who had already been heard as a witness by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) in December 2017 as part of this case, was the target of a piracy successfully from May 2019, a few weeks before a new hearing by justice. It had been placed in police custody on June 18, 2019, and was not the subject, at this stage, of no prosecution.

Unlike the former captain and coach of the French team, the Senator of the Orne (Central Union) Nathalie Goulet, fierce critic of Qatar, in particular of her links with the Islamist movement of the Muslim Brotherhood, assures having Released disturbing elements before learning, through the British media, having been “hacked”. “One day, I received a brief phone call from an alleged English speaking police officer. He then gave me the password of my personal mailbox, confides the world the parliamentarian. I am surprised because I am microscopic , I’m just a small senator. I don’t see why I was eased. I had a encryption system installed after this phone call. I was a little worried. “

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