The Qatari government has denied allegations that a man found hanged on Christmas Day was tortured.
Marc Bennett, 52, had been working for a Qatar Airways subsidiary in 2019 to boost the country’s tourism industry ahead of this winter’s World Cup.
However, after announcing he was quitting his job for a competing post in Saudi Arabia – a country locked in a diplomatic blockade with Qatar at the time – he was arrested.
An investigation by The Times revealed the Haywards Heath father of three was being held in a detention center where he was mentally and physically tortured.
Marc reportedly told friends before his death that he was taken to a naked cell, stripped naked, and had a high-pressure hose pointed at his genitals.
Guards are also said to have pressured him to describe how he might “commit suicide.” He was later found dead in a room at the Curve Hotel in Doha.
In an inquest last year, a Sussex coroner ruled that “although Marc Bennett died of hanging, there was no concrete evidence of suicidal intent”.
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.”
Marc’s widow, Nancy, told the Times: “There are so many questions. He left the whole world in front of him here.
“He was hoping he would be deported, he was looking for flights every day – not necessarily to the UK but everywhere.”
Qatar is set to host the World Cup this year amid controversy over the rights and deaths of migrant workers.
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