UPDATE: Qatar To Refer Airport Officials Behind Female ‘Strip Search’ Incident To Prosecutors

According to ABC News and the Guardian Australia reports, Qatar has disclosed that it will refer the officials involved in the forced female internal examination incident at the Hamad International Airport, to prosecutors

The Qatar government stated that those involved did not follow standard procedures and their actions were “illegal”. In a preliminary report on the incident the government said in a statement, “Those responsible for these violations and illegal actions have been referred to the public prosecution office. This incident is the first of its kind at [the airport] which has served tens of millions of passengers without any issues like this before. What took place is wholly inconsistent with Qatar’s culture and values. Qatar is fully committed to the safety and security of all travelers.”

Qatar also further apologised for the incident. “His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior expressed the Government of the State of Qatar’s sincerest apology for what some female travelers went through as a result of the measures.”

The Qatari government also said it would share the final report when it is completed.

It has since been confirmed that French and UK citizens were also subject to the forced examinations in addition to the originally reported 13 Australians.

Recall that earlier this week we reported the incident of more than a dozen female passengers subjected to “invasive” and “humiliating” internal (GENITAL) exam in Qatar after a newborn baby was found abandoned in the terminal bathroom of Hamad International Airport, Qatar.

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