Thursday 29 September 2022 01:47 AM British man, 52, who was found hanged in a hotel in Doha was 'tortured by ... trends now

Thursday 29 September 2022 01:47 AM British man, 52, who was found hanged in a hotel in Doha was 'tortured by ... trends now
Thursday 29 September 2022 01:47 AM British man, 52, who was found hanged in a hotel in Doha was 'tortured by ... trends now

Thursday 29 September 2022 01:47 AM British man, 52, who was found hanged in a hotel in Doha was 'tortured by ... trends now

A British man who was found hanged in a hotel in Doha was tortured by Qatar's 'secret police' before his death on Christmas Day.

Marc Bennett, 52, a travel industry executive, was found dead in the Curve Hotel on Diplomatic Street, Doha in 2019, after telling his friends that he was detained and then tortured by 'secret police'.

He had been headhunted to become senior vice-president at Discover Qatar, a Qatar Airways subsidiary, to boost the country's tourism industry for the World Cup.

But in October 2019, he resigned from the company and was reported to the police on the accusation that he had sent 'highly confidential documents' to an external email address. 

Marc Bennett, 52, a travel industry executive, was found dead on Christmas Day, 2019, after telling his friends that he was detained and then tortured by 'secret police'

Marc Bennett, 52, a travel industry executive, was found dead on Christmas Day, 2019, after telling his friends that he was detained and then tortured by 'secret police'

The resignation was considered to be a 'massive insult', a former colleague told The Times.

Ten weeks before his death, Mr Bennett was arrested at the Qatar Airways office where he was handcuffed and blindfolded and taken to a state security detention centre.

Three weeks later, he was released, having been stripped of his clothes, hit against walls, sprayed with a high pressure hose and subjected to sleep deprivation techniques, he said.

Lawyers from the United Nations have said there are 'credible allegations' surrounding poor treatment where Mr Bennett was held during that time, The Times reported.

After his release, Mr Bennett was left in 'legal limbo', his family said — unclear if charges would be made

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