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Two expatriates in Qatar sentenced to 10 years in jail for enslaving and exploiting domestic workers

  • Nov 21, 2020
  • Author: QT-Online
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Two Pakistani nationals in Qatar have been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined QR200,000 for enslaving and exploiting two domestic workers. The convicts, who will be deported upon the completion of their sentences, are obligated to jointly pay each victim QR1 million as compensation.
 Qatar’s National Committee for Combatting Human Trafficking has praised the ruling from the First Instance Court of the Supreme Judiciary Council, describing it as a “victory for justice”.
The two defendants have been convicted of crimes stipulated in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Law No. 15 of 2011.
The charges include practices that amount to slavery, exploitation, forced servitude, illegal detention and assault.
The case started after the National Committee received a report about the convicts subjecting the domestic workers to various forms of torture and ill-treatment.
As soon as the report was recieved, the authorities concerned — the police, the Public Prosecution and the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking — began their investigations.
The victims were accommodated in the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Center (AMAN) after they received the necessary healthcare.
The committee and the security agencies forensic and medical evaluations as well as detailed witnesses statements.
After completing its investigation, the committee appointed a lawyer for the victims, while the case proceeded in the Qatari courts.
Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs HE Yousuf bin Mohammed Al Othman Fakhroo and Chairman of the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking welcomed the ruling and hoped that it would act as a deterrent to any human traffickers who believe that they can evade the rule of law in Qatar.
The minister said Qatar was an active member of the international community in combating human trafficking and imposes strict penalties on those found guilty of violating human trafficking laws and does not tolerate any violations or infringement of human rights. His Excellency pointed out that the committee affirms that all measures have been taken to provide the necessary care and protection to the victims before, during and after investigation.