CID Arrests Beggars' Gang
06/04/2010

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As a part of continuing efforts to combat crimes and fight against negative aspects alien to Qatari society, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) could to arrest a number of beggars who attempted to collect money illegally through easy ways violating the laws and taking the advantage of kindness and generosity of the Qatari people. The arrested were begging fraudulently alleging illness or injuries or other newly formed means to generate the sympathy of community members who do not stint to extend helping hands to them trusting their intentions as they give the beggars generously while they are not honest in their claims.

The Department with the support of Qatari nationals recently arrested a number of professional beggars who hold residence permit in one of the Gulf countries and found out that, the arrested beggars were creating artificial injuries in their own bodies in order to convince the citizens that they are in need of money for treatment. During the investigations, they admitted that they entered to the country with the intention of begging and then the legal actions were taken against them.

New and innovated methods to generate public sympathy

"Begging is not considered as a phenomenon witnessed in the Qatari society, but there are cases arrested. The begging has negative repercussions on the society and the individual as well and it is a behavior intruded to the Qatari society. In the shade of economic and construction booms witnessed by the country, which necessitated the increasingly arrival of foreign workforce to the state lead some weak hearted workers to exploit these conditions and the good ethics and behavior of people of Qatar, who quickly provide aid and assistance to all the needy people resorted to them. This point encouraged those people to practice begging as a source for earning money in an easy way without more efforts and they followed different fraudulent methods and ways such as alleging diseases, unavailability of money to pay medical expenses, carrying inappropriate and incomprehensible medical reports and showing parts of the body causing some fabricated injuries by using professional methods and tools and dyes in order to generate the sympathy of the citizens and residents, pointed out Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation Department Lt. Col. Jamal Mohammed al-Kaabi.

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CID Arrests 352 beggars in 2009 and 74 in 2010

Assistant Director of the CID also mentioned that the begging control section in the CID and various CID sections in the security departments are conducting extensive campaigns in various areas, streets and places where the male and female beggars are practicing begging, especially in the markets, commercial complexes, and mosques and also in the areas of high population density. During the campaigns conducted in the year 2009, the CID arrested 352 beggars and during the period starting from January 2010 to end of March 74 beggars were arrested. Most of the arrested beggars were entered to the country on visit visas or they have residence visas in some GCC countries.

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Hotline in the Begging Control Section

The CID Assistant Director stressed that, coordination of all efforts not only the efforts of the security agencies is needed to control the practice of begging and the cooperation of community members is considered as one of the basic means to fight the begging phenomenon. That is why, the Ministry of the Interior has specialized a hotline with two numbers 4714222, 4714220 that work 24 hours a day to receive complaints from citizens and residents against beggars. He also pointed out that the informer does not face any legal or security procedures and has only to provide information on the place where the begging is practiced as the CID will take the legal actions against the beggars.

An important role for society in the fight against begging

Lt. Col. Jamal Al Kaabi appealed all members of the society to cooperate with security agencies to eradicate this phenomenon alien to the Qatari society that have not seen before and assured that the begging is a bad behavior that distorts the civilized image of the country. Giving any money to a beggar is as encouraging him to continue his practice which violates the law and there are many organizations and charities who provide assistance to the needy people according to the legal system in the country and they have distinct roles in helping the needy and poor people as they are conducting charity projects in and outside the country and anybody can donate to these approved organizations with noble goals instead of giving their charities to these undeserved persons, added Lt. Col. Al Kaabi.
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Call Operations Room on 999 to report begging cases

On the other side, investigation team officer in the CID First Lieutenant. Rashid Mohammed Al-Hajri said, "The begging control section comes under the investigation team in the CID and was established by the decree of Minister of State for Internal Affairs, No. (15) for the year 2006. It is specialized in receiving complaints on begging and carrying out inquiry and investigation and takes necessary actions in accordance with the provisions of the law. The section receives calls 24 hours a day and any one can contact the operations room on 999 to report cases of begging as the operations room transmits the information to begging control section that will take actions according to the law". He also emphasized on important and vital role that should be played by all members of the community in the fight against begging, particularly as some beggars have started wandering in the residential areas and among families to get money from them, which is incompatible with the values and customs of the Qatari society and therefore the awareness of members of the community about the seriousness of begging and keenness to inform the relevant security authorities will undoubtedly assist in controlling these practices contrary to the religion and the law.