‘Nothing short of horrific’: Amnesty criticises arrest of man in Qatar ‘trapped’ by police on Grindr

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05/16/2024

The family of a gay man who was arrested in Qatar say that he was “trapped” by a fake Grindr account and that he urgently needs access to HIV medicine or his health could collapse. Manuel Guerrero Aviña, who has dual Mexican-British citizenship, was arrested in February after arranging to meet a man named “Gio” on the dating app. When he showed up to the meeting in his apartment lobby, Aviña was instead confronted by police officers. “The Qatari police created a fake profile on Grindr to target [him],” Aviña’s brother Enrique said. “They trapped him. It is a homophobic state.” Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar. Qatari police say they found the 44-year-old in possession of methamphetamine, and that he was arrested under the country’s drug laws.

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