The coronavirus pandemic has seen a large part of the judicial investigation into the club come to a standstill, barring urgent and essential matters. As a result, the hearing to which Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani and his sons Nayef, Nasser and Rakan were called to attend, has been postponed until further notice.
As part of the case brought forward by the Association of Minority Shareholders (APA), the family stands accused of improper management, misappropriation of funds and money laundering, among other offences, and the investigating judge, María de los Ángeles Ruiz González, would like explanations from the sheikh and his sons.
The four men will now have to be called again at a later date.
Likewise, the latest petition from the APA must be heard after the lockdown passes. The association, having seen the police report that showed that Al-Thani purchased new shares in the club (0.919 per cent of the total) using club funds, will push ahead with a petition for Al-Thani to return those shares.
It appears that Al-Thani purchased the shares once it started to seem likely that he would have to return half of his existing shares (in the name of NAS Football) to the BlueBay hotel group.
This was done with the apparent aim to ensure that he maintained the majority share of the club.