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Qatar sued over ‘invasive’ strip searches of five Australian women

5 Australian ladies who had been allegedly stripped and searched at Doha airport after a child was present in a toilet have sued the Qatari authorities for assault and battery.

A whole bunch of ladies had been forcibly faraway from a aircraft in Doha on October 2, 2020, as officers looked for the mom of a new child in a terminal toilet.

CCTV footage obtained by Doha News shows officials tending to an abandoned child at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar on October 2, 2020.

CCTV footage obtained by Doha Information reveals officers tending to an deserted little one at Hamad Worldwide Airport in Doha, Qatar on October 2, 2020.Credit score:Courtesy of Doha Information by way of AP

Girls had been eliminated by armed guards and lots of say they had been pressured to endure involuntary gynecological or intimate bodily examinations.

Of the 18 Australian ladies concerned within the incident, 5 have now filed a lawsuit in federal court docket after failing to acquire compensation from the Qatari authorities by way of different channels.

“Generally there’s a have to deploy authorized cures in conditions the place ethical, certainly political or diplomatic strain goes nowhere,” stated Marque Attorneys associate Damian Sturzaker, who’s performing for the 5 ladies.

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The ladies, who can’t be legally named, had been passengers on the Doha-to-Sydney flight and are in search of damages for alleged wrongdoing by the federal government’s Qatar Civil Aviation Authority and Qatar Airways.

One passenger was pressured to endure a pat-down search whereas holding her five-month-old son, the lawsuit alleges. One other, who’s aged and legally blind, was directed off the aircraft however not searched.

The ladies reported the incident to the Australian Federal Police upon arrival in Sydney on 3 October 2020.

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