Strip-search victim lashes Qatar inquiry as fresh accusations emerge

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In 2020, Anna was pulled off a Qatar Airways plane and invasively searched. She says the inquiry probing the rejection of more Qatar flights was a wasted chance to question the country’s human rights record.

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An Australian woman strip-searched at Doha airport has branded a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s decision to reject more Qatar Airways flights as a wasted chance to interrogate the country’s human rights record, and accused it of treating the experience of her group as a footnote.

Anna said she believed the inquiry was “more concerned with getting cheaper flights out of Australia, rather than considering the safety of flying through Doha airport”. Anna said the women agreed with the dissenting report from government senators Tony Sheldon and Linda White, who defended King’s decision as being in the national interest, particularly in light of the women’s 2020 experience.

Former Qatar Airways flight attendant Gilbert Ignatius was deported from Doha, along with his colleague, in June.“These latest allegations against Qatar Airways need a full, earnest response from the airline, and the Liberals and Nationals. If this was to occur here in Australia, or many other countries in the world, there’d be an almighty outcry for justice,” Sheldon said.

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways said the carrier was “required to facilitate travel arrangements for individuals who no longer hold residency rights to remain in a particular country”.

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