Qatar will sue Saudi Arabia and the UAE for “piracy” using the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Qatar is set to take legal action against Saudi Arabia and the UAE after discovering they banded together to hack the country’s computer network.

According to Middle East Monitor, Qatar’s Attorney General has confirmed that independent investigations have found that Saudi Arabia and the UAE were involved in hacking into the official Qatar News Agency in 2017.

The two countries apparently used fabricated statements attributed to the Emir of Qatar and broadcast them through the QNA, after hacking into the agency’s network, and used them as one of the justifications for cutting ties with the government in Doha.

Ali bin Fetais Al-Marri has said that Qatar will sue the two Arab nations for “piracy” using the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Al-Marri explained that international law officers have collected evidence which proves Saudi and Emirati involvement in the online security breach.

Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a member of the US legal team present at a press conference in New York on Friday, confirmed that there was evidence that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi were involved in the “piracy” of the QNA in May 2017.

The Attorney General added that the legal team working on the case will discuss how this is going to be dealt with at a later date.

Qatari authorities have cooperated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US and Britain’s National Crime Agency on investigations into the piracy allegations over the past year.

The GCC diplomatic row has now entered into its second year and there are no signs that it will end any time soon.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of “supporting terrorism” and forging closer ties with Iran in defiance of the Gulf consensus. Qatar continues to deny the allegations.


Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

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