Man arrested in Qatar Grindr ‘sting’ sentenced

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06/05/2024

A British-Mexican man who was arrested in Qatar in what his family called a “honeytrap operation” on gay dating app Grindr has been given a six-month suspended sentence and will be deported. Manuel Guerrero Aviña, 44, was found guilty of being in possession of an illegal substance at a hearing in Doha and fined £2,100. His family say police planted drugs in his apartment and Mr Guerrero Aviña believes he was targeted by the sting because he is gay. Human rights group FairSquare called his trial a “travesty of justice” but Qatari officials insist the airline worker’s arrest in February was solely due to drug offences.

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