Family of Sussex man found dead in Qatar criticize ‘barbaric regime’

THE FAMILY of a man found hanged in Qatar has called the government a “barbaric regime”.

Haywards Heath businessman Marc Bennett was found dead in his hotel room in Doha at Christmas 2019, two months after resigning from a senior position at Qatar Airways, where he was working to modernize the country’s tourism infrastructure.

After considering working for a company in Saudi Arabia – a rival of Qatar – he was arrested.

According to The Times, the father of three told friends he was tortured in a secret detention center for three weeks.

He was released but later found dead in the hotel room.

While Qatar claimed his death was suicide, a British coroner ruled that there was “no concrete evidence of suicidal intent”.

In a statement to The Times, Marc’s family said “the football world should take a good look at who they put their trust in”.

They said: “Qatar is throwing millions at creating a veneer of respectability that in reality hides an entirely unchanged, barbaric regime.

“We hope players and fans alike will stop and reflect on what happened to Marc Bennett.

“If this can happen to a strong, intelligent and kind man with a world of experience, then we should all be very concerned.”

The family also commended Marc’s work in preparing for the World Cup, saying: “He was thrilled to have the opportunity to help host the World Cup in Qatar and strongly believed in Qatar moving forward in its efforts to modernize and scale up included.

“Tragically, he was wrong and the very country he had such affection for betrayed him in the most brutal way and ended his life.”

A Qatari government spokesman told The Argus that it firmly denies allegations of torture.

The official said: “The State of Qatar categorically denies allegations of ill-treatment at its detention facilities.

“All detainees are treated with respect and dignity in accordance with international standards.

“Qatar regularly opens its detention facilities to inspections by independent human rights monitors and international organizations.

“In 2019, Qatar invited a UN working group to inspect its facilities, while the National Human Rights Committee conducted 96 independent field visits to facilities across the country that same year.”

More than 1.2 million visitors are expected to come to Qatar for the World Cup, which begins at the end of November. Family of Sussex man found dead in Qatar criticize ‘barbaric regime’

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