DOHA: A criminal court in Qatar has sentenced two Pakistanis to imprisonment for 10 years and a fine of QR200,000 each in a human trafficking case, and also deportation for the duo at the end of the sentence.
The court also ordered the accused to pay compensation of QR1 million each to the two victims – both domestic workers. . The nationality of the victims has not been revealed.
The National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking praised the verdict, calling it a victory of justice and said the two culprits were convicted according to the Anti-trafficking Law of Human Beings No. 15 of 2011.
The accused were charged with torture, ill-treatment, practising slavery, forced labour and other crimes that fall under the violation of human rights.
After receiving a tip-off, police and the Committee for Combating Human Trafficking launched an investigation and arrested the culprits.
During the investigation, it became clear that the two defendants had come to Qatar accompanied by the victims in 2016 from a neighbouring country, where the accused had forged documents for the victims.
After completing the investigation, the committee appointed a lawyer for the victims, while the case proceeded to the courts.
Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and Chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, H E Yusef bin Muhammad Al Othman Fakhro, said: “We welcome the court’s ruling and hope that this ruling will act as a deterrent to all human traffickers who believe that they can evade the rule of law in Qatar.”
He added: “The State of Qatar is an active member of the international community in combating human trafficking. The state imposes strict penalties on those who are found guilty of violating human trafficking laws and does not tolerate any violations or infringement of human rights and the committee affirms that all measures have been taken to provide the necessary care and protection to the victims before, during and after the investigation.”