Abandoned newborn at HIA: Prime Minister orders probe
October 28 2020 10:34 AM
State-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.

QNA/Doha

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani has directed that a comprehensive, transparent investigation be conducted into the incident in which an abandoned infant was discovered at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

This was announced by the Government Communications Office (GCO) on Wednesday in a statement, according to which on October 2, 2020, a newborn infant was found in a trash can, concealed in a plastic bag and buried under garbage, at HIA.

"The baby girl was rescued from what appeared to be a shocking and appalling attempt to kill her. The infant is now safe under medical care in Doha.

"This was the first instance of an abandoned infant being discovered in such a condition at HIA – this egregious and life-threatening violation of the law triggered an immediate search for the parents, including on flights in the vicinity of where the newborn was found.

"While the aim of the urgently-decided search was to prevent the perpetrators of the horrible crime from escaping, the State of Qatar regrets any distress or infringement on the personal freedoms of any traveller caused by this action.

"The results of the investigation will be shared with our international partners. The State of Qatar remains committed to ensuring the safety, security and comfort of all travelers transiting through the country," the GCO statement added.


Last updated: October 28 2020 08:37 PM


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