Human rights group Amnesty International has launched a campaign to prevent the expulsion of a former Saudi diplomat from Qatar. The group says Mishal bin Zaar Hamad al-Mutairy could be tortured if he is sent back to Saudi Arabia.
The 50-year-old reportedly served at the Saudi embassy in the Netherlands in 2003, where he apparently accused the diplomatic mission of funding terrorism. After making that claim public, and securing asylum in the Netherlands, he was reportedly blackmailed into returning to Saudi where he was detained in tortured before eventually fleeing to Qatar.
Amnesty says that although al-Mutairy is still in Qatar, he has been repeatedly ordered to leave by Qatari authorities, and given that he lacks means to go elsewhere, would have to return to Saudi Arabia.
Speaking to Doha News, Amnesty International’s Dina El-Maamoun said:
“He has nowhere else to go, apart from Saudi Arabia. As far as [Qatari authorities] are concerned, he should leave back to Saudi Arabia or whatever.
What we’re trying to do is to highlight his case, and we are making calls on the Qatari government to ensure he is given adequate access to seek asylum elsewhere and not deport him to Saudi.”
El-Maamoun said the aim of their campaign is to leverage enough pressure to stop Qatar from forcing him to leave. They also want to get him access to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which does not have an office in Qatar.
Here’s Amnesty’s full statement: