Tarek Taher is an Endurance Rider from Saudi Arabia (which belongs to Group 7).
In September 2018 he was elected to the FEI Athletes Committee as FEI Endurance Athletes representative for a four-year term.
Here are the final figures on Athlete Elections published on FEI website:
It’s not very clear how to count exactly the numbers here, but it looks like:
- 247 Athletes were eligible to vote for Endurance representative;
- 34 Votes casted in total for all(?) Endurance candidates (there were 8 candidates, including Tarek Taher);
- 41 percent of casted votes were obtained by Tarek Taher.
If we understand it right, it means that Tarek obtained 41% of 34 votes, i.e. 14 votes in total.
Tarek only needed 14 votes to win!
There are over 6600 athletes registered in FEI database for Endurance discipline. Only 14 of them voted for Tarek.
On his Facebook, Tarek likes to publish joking staged photos of him being “arrested”.
It looks funny only if you don’t know that Tarek Taher REALLY has criminal records and was REALLY ARRESTED in his youth.
So, who is Tarek Taher indeed?
Let’s see what Google knows about this name.
Note: this Google screenshot below was made a few months ago.
The first page of search results reveals some details of Tarek’s stormy youth.
The first link from Google: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdulhadi_H._Taher
If you scroll down this Wikipedia page to Family section, you see this:
Note: this Wikipedia screenshot below was made a few months ago.
As for now, a section about Tarek’s family is edited and text about Tarek’s arrests is deleted.
Wow! Just WOW!
- was arrested in 1982 on the charge of racing his Ferrari on US-101 near Santa Barbara;
- twice skipped bail and fled the United States to escape justice;
- then was returned to the United States, where he served 45 days in jail.
Is that really true?
There are two Los Angeles Times articles published in 1985 and 1989, click the links to read them.
Click the screenshots to view full size:
So, here is the real True Story of Tarek Taher:
In 1982, when Tarek was a twenty-five-year-old former student at University of California in Santa Barbara, he was young and very rich, and his father was an important person who could influence the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Racing his Ferrari was his favorite pastime. And he has “an outrageous driving record.”
So, young Tarek Taher was sentenced to 45 days in Santa Barbara jail for reckless driving.
Tarek paid bail of $100,000 and fled the country to escape justice.
Mr. Taher feels there are two systems of justice — one for the citizens of the United States and one for him.
– Darryl Perlin, Deputy District Attorney, Santa Barbara County
Three years later, in 1985, he unexpectedly returned to the USA and immediately was taken into custody at Boston’s Logan Airport, where he allegedly was trying to enter the country without declaring $25,000 worth of jewelry.
In Boston, judge set (second) bail to $100,000, rather than the $8 million requested by Santa Barbara County prosecutors.
Tarek Taher posted the second bail without any apparent trouble and was free.
And then he vanished again!
Four years later, in 1989, Tarek Taher surrendered himself in the court to serve his 45-day sentence on a work furlough program.
He was spending nights and weekends in jail while being allowed to work for a Santa Barbara real estate firm on weekdays.
The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia could be jeopardized [if Mr. Taher’s case was pursued]
– a senior U.S. State Department attorney
Now let’s go to the second link from Google search results: https://www.yolandaslittleblackbook.com/blog/2017/07/13/tarek-taher-janet-brown-pacific-palisades-malibu/
This blog repeats the story of young Tarek, and also reveals the history of his family and his preferences in the ultra-expensive real estate in California.
Note: this screenshot below was made a few months ago.
As for now, this article is deleted, but a link to this article remains on the above-mentioned Wikipedia page.
In general, the article reports about the super-expensive homes purchased by Tarek in Pacific Palisades and Malibu for a total amount of $26 million.
Pictures of Tarek Taher’s $17.5 million Pacific Palisades estate:
Pictures of Tarek Taher’s $8.5 million Malibu estate:
This is the real biography of Tarek Taher which he did not mention in his CV for the FEI elections.
Would you vote today for Tarek Taher as the best representative to make the Endurance sport “true and clean”?