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🔺 EXCLUSIVE: A British travel industry executive, headhunted to boost Qatar’s tourism trade for the World Cup, died in unexplained circumstances after telling friends that he had been detained and tortured by the country’s secret police thetimes.co.uk/article/briton…

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Marc Bennett was found hanged in a Doha hotel during Christmas 2019, ten weeks after he had been arrested at the offices of his employer, Qatar Airways, and taken blindfolded and handcuffed to a state security detention centre

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Bennett later described how he was stripped naked, blasted with high-pressure hoses, slammed against walls and subjected to sleep deprivation techniques while held for three week

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United Nations lawyers say there have been “credible allegations” of extra-judicial detention and ill-treatment at the unit where he was detained

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After his release, Bennett was prevented from leaving Qatar and abandoned in what his family described as a “legal limbo” — not knowing if he faced any charges and fearing re-arrest

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His arrest in October 2019 came after he resigned and was considering a job offer from a Saudi travel firm. One ex-colleague claimed Bennett’s resignation was regarded as a “massive insult”

His arrest in October 2019 came after he resigned and was considering a job offer from a Saudi travel firm. One ex-colleague claimed Bennett’s resignation was regarded as a “massive insult”
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