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Fathuhu Hajj Group faces lawsuit over pilgrimage scam

Ahmed Aiham
28 December 2018, MVT 16:26
Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on Arafat Day which is the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage early on August 20, 2018. Arafat is the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon about 14 centuries ago after leading his followers on the pilgrimage. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
Ahmed Aiham
28 December 2018, MVT 16:26

Fathuhu Hajj and Umra group, a local travel agency specialising in pilgrimage travel, is facing a lawsuit over the payments it took from 72 people who were not sent on their pilgrimage.

In 2014, the government had assigned a quota of 125 pilgrims to the company. However, the group failed to send any of the individuals on Hajj to Saudi Arabia, and the 125 pilgrims were finally sent under state-expenses.

Furthermore, the Fathuhu Hajj group had failed to send an additional 72 people on their pilgrimage, despite taking their payments.

Upon the request of various individuals amongst the 72, the lawsuit was filed by Litica Law Associates. The company took up the case pro bono, charging a minor fee as administrative costs.

Fathuhu Hajj group's owner Mustafa Mohamed was earlier charged in relation to the case, but the Criminal Court had ruled in his favour.