“His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani expresses the Government of the State of Qatar’s sincerest apology for what some female travelers went through as a result of the measures.”
Twitter: @edd1819, Instagram: @bluestar0910, Facebook: SDN — Science, Digital & Current Affairs
By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — “SINCEREST APOLOGY.”
The apology emanated from the government of the Arab State of Qatar in the wake of the ordeal that some female airline passengers suffered during an enforced physical examination earlier this November.
It can be recalled that personnel at the Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital Doha found an infant girl stashed in a trash can on November 2.
“Attempted murder of a new born baby”
The incident of the abandoned baby triggered a frantic search for its mother, and which the search included physically examining female passengers from 10 flights who were departing from Doha. Reason for the search was to detect any telltale signs of any of the passengers giving birth to the helpless little human being.
Those who underwent the examination later complained of their ordeal when they got home. Thus, the apologies from Qatar.
Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani described in a statement reaching SDN — Science & Digital News the abandonment of the infant as “attempted murder of a new born baby found in a very serious condition” at HIA.
Qatari authorities immediately brought to a hospital where she was receiving medical care.
Meanwhile, the government acknowledged that the examination of the affected airline passengers “revealed that standard procedures were violated.”
The government referred to the Public Prosecution Office those “responsible for the violation and illegal actions.”
Here’s the second official statement from the Qatari government on the incident that got global attention from the news media:
Government Communication Office Statement on the preliminary findings of the Hamad International Airport investigation
30 October 2020
The preliminary investigation into the attempted murder of a newborn baby found in a very serious condition at Hamad International Airport (HIA), and the subsequent procedures taken by the authorities at the airport, including examining a number of female passengers, revealed that standard procedures were violated. Those responsible for these violations and illegal actions have been referred to the Public Prosecution Office.
Following the directives of His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, specialised task forces are reviewing and identifying any potential gaps in the procedures and protocols followed at Hamad International Airport (HIA), in order to address them and ensure that any violations are avoided in the future.
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.
This incident is the first of its kind at HIA, 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 arriving to or transiting through HIA.
As this developed, the government did not say if the infant’s mother was found. (✓)
Featured image of Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani courtesy of Embassy of Qatar Manila.