Kuwaiti-born businessman Hameed Al-Jubouri has settled lawsuits filed by Qatar-based firm Kuwaiti Airlines in the United Arab Emirates.
Al-Sajad Al-Khalif and his lawyers filed the suits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in June.
Alkhalif is also seeking unspecified damages from the companies he co-founded.
Al Khhalif, who also has a business in Dubai, has said that he’s confident the cases will be dismissed.
Kuwaiti Airways was founded in 1998 by a group of Kuwaiti businessmen, including Al-Khhalif.
The airline was renamed Kuwait Airways in 2006.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Al-Sabhi Al-Djayel, a Kuwaiti resident, claimed that Kuwaiti airlines “failed to properly comply with laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, the UAE Civil Aviation Authority regulations governing air safety and the regulations and regulations promulgated by the Dubai Civil Aviation authority and its regional and international partners.”
Kuwaiti Airports Authority Chief Executive Ahmed Al-Mansour said in a statement that the airline “reserves the right to defend any of its claims in the court and will continue to vigorously defend any such claim.”
Qatar’s state-owned Qatari News Agency and Qatar’s Qatari National News Agency, both owned by Qatari-owned Al Jazeera, reported that Al-Alkhhalif had been named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Qatar’s Ministry of Finance did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Al Jazeera has not confirmed whether Al-Rafidi was a plaintiff in the lawsuits.
Al Sabhi Al Djayel told the Associated Press that he has received more than $1 million from Kuwaiti, Kuwaiti and Gulf states to settle his lawsuits, and that the amount was “not much.”
He did not disclose the amount of money he received from Kuwait.
The lawsuit against Kuwaiti said that Kuwaitis have suffered from “serious and widespread” injuries and lost business opportunities due to Kuwaiti airline’s “failure to follow UAE aviation regulations, such as the UAE Commercial Aviation Code and the UAE Aviation Code for Aircraft, and to comply with the UAE regulations regarding aviation safety.”
Kuwaitis are not permitted to fly on Qatar Airways flights, and the airline is also subject to various sanctions and fines.
Kuwaitis travel to the United States for business, leisure and other reasons, and Kuwaitis rely on the United Kingdom for their income.
Qatar has been a U.K. ally and a major source of foreign direct investment.
Kuwait Airways has a long history of alleged human rights violations and human rights abuses, including a number of high-profile deaths in the country.
The company was founded by Kuwaiti businesspeople in 1994, when Kuwait was a British colony.
In 2005, a court found that the Kuwaiti government had used the company to provide material support to terrorist organizations and to finance terrorism.
In 2010, the court said that the company’s employees had worked with the United Nations and the Arab League to help overthrow the government.