Six-month suspended sentence for man arrested after planning meetup on Grindr

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06/14/2024

A British-Mexican man who says he was targeted for being gay and arrested on false drug charges in Qatar has been given a suspended six-month jail sentence, a fine amounting to about $2,700, and a deportation order by a court in the Arab nation, which is a vital US ally in the Middle East, according to his family and Mexican officials. In a statement shared with media outlets by his family, dual British-Mexican national Manuel Guerrero Aviña said he was “deeply disappointed with yesterday’s unfair verdict, issued in spite of the violations of due process during my detention and trial, which included torture and mistreatment to pressure me into revealing the names of other gay partners and forcing me to use my fingerprint to sign multiple documents in Arabic without a translator.”

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