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DOHA: An investigation has revealed that the parents of a new-born baby found abandoned in a trash bin in a toilet at the Hamad International Airport are Asians and both of them have been identified, Qatar News Agency reports.

The Public Prosecution issued a statement on Monday about the findings of the investigation.

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The infant’s mother, who holds the nationality of an Asian country, had a relationship with another Asian.

The mother, while leaving the country, threw the new-born infant in the trash bin in one of the toilets in the Departure Lounge at the airport and boarded the plane to her destination, the Public Prosecution said.

The father of the infant admitted that he had a relationship with the infant’s mother and that she had sent him a photo of the new-born baby. She had also informed him, he said, that she had thrown away the baby and fled Qatar. The DNA tests proved the parenthood of the infant.

The Public Prosecution also noted that it is taking the appropriate legal action within the international law to arrest the fugitive convict.

The new-born infant was found wrapped in a plastic bag. She was then transferred to one of the childcare centres in Qatar.

The female passengers of an Australia-bound plane were asked to disembark and searched to ascertain whether any of them was the mother of the infant, which had triggered a controversy and was widely reported in the international media.

Extensive investigations

As soon as the Public Prosecution office was informed of the incident, the Public Prosecutor conducted extensive investigations, using all police agencies and specialised technical experts, to gather the facts about two incidents: first, the disposal of the new-born infant in a trash can; and second, the violations by some employees to find out the culprits which had resulted in the search of Australian passengers, and arrest those responsible and bring them to criminal prosecution.

The prosecution found out that some employees of the Airport Security Department acted unilaterally by summoning female medical staff to conduct external examination on some female passengers, thinking that they followed the law as they were Judicial Police Officers authorised to investigate the circumstances of the crime.

The Public Prosecution noted that the violations committed by some employees of the Airport Security Department are against the law and are punishable under the Qatari Penal Code with penalties of a maximum of three years.

Heinous crime

The Public Prosecution also noted that the crime of attempting to kill a new-born infant immediately after her birth and in the circumstances in which she was found is one of the most heinous crimes that is against human values, as well as punishable under the Qatari Penal Code with a maximum penalty of 15 years.

Accordingly, the Public Prosecutor ordered that the convicts be presented to the Criminal Court to receive a penalty for what they had committed, whether those who threw the new-born infant in the trash can or those Judicial Police Officers who violated laws and regulations.