GENEVA: A Swiss criminal court convicted Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a power broker in international sports, of forgery on Friday in a trial over whether he used a bogus Kuwaiti coup plot to gain advantage over political rivals.

The sheikh had denied all the charges in the case, which has divided the Kuwaiti ruling family and prompted Sheikh Ahmad, 58, to step back from some of his public sporting roles, including membership of the International Olympic Committee. With bowed head and clasped hands, he listened silently to his translator as the court’s president read out the 30-month sentence, half of which is to be served in jail.

Swiss verdict due in forgery case involving Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad

He later said he would appeal against the conviction. “I believe I am innocent,” he told reporters outside the Geneva courtroom, adding that he was “100 percent” sure he would return for the appeal. The criminal fraud case was launched in Switzerland as one of the sheikh’s co-defendants was, at the time of the alleged coup plot, a Geneva-based lawyer who acted for him.


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