lobbyist Tayeb Benabderrahmane strikes back

Processed on September 29 for “forgery and use of forgery”, “corruption”, “concealment and complicity in misappropriation of the object of a file” after seventy-two hours of police custody in the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI), The Franco-Algerian lobbyist Tayeb Benabderrahmane presented his version of the espionage case in which he is implicated by the voice of his defense team.

At a press conference organized on Wednesday afternoon, October 5, at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, the lawyers Juan Branco, Luke Vidal and Nabil Boudi insisted on the character of their client as a victim, who would have been arrested in 2020 in Qatar outside any legal framework, tortured, then placed under house arrest until he handed over all the media in his possession that implicate Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, a close friend of the emir of Qatar who holds, among others, the positions of president of Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) and head of the BeIN Media group.

Tayeb Benabderrahmane was arrested as part of a multi-pronged investigation that began with the indictment for “compromising national defense secrets” of investigative journalist Alex Jordanov, the author of The DGSI Shadow Wars (New World, 2019). The searches carried out in the latter’s house led to Malik N., a former DCRI police officer, ancestor of the DGSI, suspected of being one of his sources.

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Malik N., converted to private security, became, in 2018, a benchmark for PSG, where he earned the trust of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi by managing the ultras’ sensitive file. He left the club in September. According to the parisianinvestigators found videos of Mr. Al-Khelaïfi’s intimate life and recordings of his private conversations, in October 2021, at the home of Malik N.

“Not the fifth wheel of the carriage”

Suspected of having used old acquaintances in the police to investigate personalities on behalf of his boss, he was arrested at the same time as Mr. Benabderrahmane and another policeman. “My client is not even the fifth wheel of the carriage. It’s not even a carriage wheel.” says Eric Morain, the attorney for the police officer in question, a former colleague of Malik N. at DCRI.

Investigators suspect that Mr. Benadbderrahmane played the role of a blackmailer, in particular with regard to the PSG president. Turns out, as revealed Releasethat the French-Algerian settled in Qatar in 2019, where he worked for a para-governmental organization mainly in the role of lobbyist in favor of the small emirate then prey to the boycott of its Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini neighbors.

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