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Dec 3, 2013

Belounis to sue Emir of Qatar's brother

French-Algerian midfielder Zahir Belounis is to sue the brother of the Emir of Qatar as he seeks compensation for his long ordeal in the Gulf state.

 Zahir Belounis attends a news conference with his lawyer in Paris.
Zahir Belounis attends a news conference with his lawyer in Paris.

Belounis, 33, was finally allowed to leave Qatar late last week after signing a letter that ended his contract with Qatari club El-Jaish nearly two-and-a-half years early.

The player is, however, to take legal action against El-Jaish president Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani -- sibling of Qatar's ruler -- as he seeks the 120,000 to 150,000 euros he claims he should have been paid for the remaining years of his contract.

Gamaan Al Hamad, president of Military Sport Association -- the club Belounis originally played for before it was taken over by El-Jaish -- is also being sued.

"We've agreed to take the case to the Paris Public Prosecutor at the end of the week or the beginning of next week based on three things: fraud, particularly inhuman working conditions -- which is a specific offence in the criminal code -- and extortion," Belounis' lawyer, Frank Berton, stated during a news conference in the French capital on Tuesday.

Once Belounis' case has been opened, an investigating judge will be appointed within six months.

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