US Senator Bob Menendez Accused of Taking Bribes in Exchange for Support of Qatar

US Senator Bob Menendez Accused of Taking Bribes in Exchange for Support of Qatar

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Menendez’s Controversy

US Senator Bob Menendez has had charges against him revised today after US prosecutors have alleged he received bribes in exchange for supporting the government of Qatar, and a New Jersey Businessman named Fred Daibes seeking Qatari investment in Menendez’s newest indictment.

The charges revised initially accused Menendez of accepting bribes on behalf of Egypt, acting as an “agent of Egypt”.

The prosecutors say that Menendez received bribes of both cash and gold bars from Daibes, and in turn Menendez made several public statements in support of Qatar, introduced Daibes to a member of the Qatari Royal Family (who was the principal of a Qatari investment company), went with Daibes to private functions hosted by the Qatari government, and spoke with Qatari officials on Daibes’ behalf.

In addition to this, a Qatari official gifted tickets to an F1 race to a relative of Menendez’s wife in both 2022 and 2023.

Daibes was seeking Qatari investment on a real estate project.

In 2023, the Qatari investment company in question entered a joint venture with Daibes, agreeing to commit tens of millions of dollars into Daibes’ project. Following the agreement, Menendez’s wife’s relative was gifted 4 more F1 tickets.

Denial of Charges

Menendez, his wife, Daibes, and two other businessmen involved in the charges have all pleaded not guilty. Daibes’ attorney declined to comment on the charges, meanwhile Qatar’s embassy in Washington has not responded to media requests for comment.

Menendez’s lawyer, however, stated that “At all times, Senator Menendez acted entirely appropriately with respect to Qatar, Egypt, and the many other countries he routinely interacts with”. Further stating that the addition of the “latest indictment only exposes the lengths to which these hostile prosecutors will go to poison the public before a trial even begins”.

Menendez, his wife, and the three businessmen will all face trial in May.

Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray
Sébastien Gray is a published journalist and historicist with over 5 years experience in writing. His primary focus is on East and West African affairs.
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