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Judge tells Al-Thanis they face arrest if they don't attend April court date

File photo of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, centre, with his son Nayef, left, at a match at La Rosaleda.
File photo of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, centre, with his son Nayef, left, at a match at La Rosaleda. / Ñito Salas
  • The sheikh and his three sons have been told they must come to answer questions over irregularities at the club

The investigation into the Al-Thani family's management of Malaga CF is progressing quickly, with a second court date set for 15 April.

At the first, neither club president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, nor his three sons (Nasser, Rakan and Nayef , all on the board) attended, instead sending then chief executive, Richard Shaheen, in their place.

However, they have now been warned by judge María de los Ángeles Ruiz González, who is leading the investigation into the case brought forward by the club's minority shareholders (APA), that they face being arrested if they do not attend on this occasion.

The APA accuses the Qatari sheikh of improper management and misappropriation of funds, but searches carried out at the offices at La Rosaleda revealed evidence of potential money laundering,

The judge has already removed the family (as well as Shaheen) from the management of the club and placed a judicial administrator, José María Muñoz, in charge while the investigations continue.

The Al-Thanis intend to appeal and have already called for the reappointment of Shaheen so that he can oversee the work of Muñoz in light of what they consider a below-market fee recouped in the sale of Antoñín to Granada last month.