Gay Man Jailed in Qatar Provisionally Freed Pending Investigation

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03/20/2024

A gay British-Mexican, who was entrapped by police in Qatar on Grindr, has been provisionally released from prison after a global campaign for his freedom. Manuel Guerrero Aviña was arrested and jailed in the capital Doha by local police after being lured to a meeting on 4 February. A former British Airways manager, the 44-year-old was allegedly denied access to his ARV medication which, as a man living with HIV, put his health and life at risk. A campaign to free Manuel was mounted by his brother, Enrique, and saw several protests in Mexico and the UK calling for his release. On Monday, Enrique announced on social media that Manuel had been provisionally released from jail but, despite not being formally charged, still faces being prosecuted because of his sexuality.

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