Female World Cup official faces lashes, jail for ‘extramarital intercourse’ after alleged RAPE in Qatar

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A feminine World Cup official is going through a sentence of 100 lashes and 7 years in jail for ‘extramarital intercourse’ after she reported being raped whereas working in Qatar. 

Paola Schietekat, 28, from Mexico, was working for the World Cup organising committee when she complained that she was raped by an affiliate who broke into her house and threatened to kill her. 

She reported the June 6, 2021 assault to the Qatari authorities, which responded by accusing her of getting an affair and charged her with ‘extramarital intercourse’, which is unlawful in the Gulf state. 

Schietekat was informed by attorneys that a technique of avoiding conviction was to marry her attacker however as an alternative determined to flee the nation, forsaking what she referred to as her ‘dream job’. 

The costs towards Schietekat, who’s a behavioural economist, are nonetheless legitimate and she or he is anticipated to be sentenced in absentia on March 6.   

Paola Schietekat, 28, from Mexico, was working for the Qatar World Cup organising committee when she complained she was raped by an affiliate who broke into her house and threatened to kill he

Schietekat, writing on Julio Astillero, defined the attacker was in a position to achieve entry to her house in Doha as a result of it’s common for residents to depart their doorways unlocked and depend on the safety of the constructing. 

The man, who Schietekat mentioned she thought-about a pal, allegedly managed to wrestle her to the ground and rape her, leaving her arms, shoulders and again coated in bruises. 

Schietekat mentioned she took footage of the scene and documented what had occurred on her cellphone earlier than fleeing her residence and spending the night time in a resort, fearing her attacker would return. 

The following morning she obtained a medical certificates and, with an official from the Mexican consul in Doha, reported the alleged rape to Qatari police utilizing her restricted Arabic. 

Police requested whether or not she wished a restraining order towards the attacker or to press legal costs towards him. 

Schietekat informed police she wished to press costs and signed an announcement in Arabic to the impact, giving officers the title and particulars of the person. 

However, hours later, round 9pm, she was referred to as and informed to return to the station the place she was put in entrance of the person she had accused and questioned for three hours in Arabic.

The alleged attacker had informed police that he and Schietekat have been in a relationship, so officers requested to have a look at her cellphone to search out proof of intimacy, which she denied. 

Police then requested her to bear a virginity check, accusing Schietekat of extramarital relations, earlier than recommending the case to the general public prosecutor’s office to carry costs towards her. 

Schietekat reported the June 6, 2021 assault to the Qatari authorities, which responded by accusing her of getting an affair and charged her with ‘extramarital intercourse’, which is unlawful in the Gulf state  (pictured, Al-Rayyan Stadium the place some Qatar 2022 matches can be performed)

Schietekat was informed by attorneys that a technique of avoiding conviction was to marry her attacker however as an alternative determined to flee the nation, forsaking what she referred to as her ‘dream job’ organising the World Cup

Her attacker was acquitted on costs of assault as a result of ‘there have been no cameras pointing straight on the door of the house, so there was no option to confirm that the assault occurred’, Schietekat mentioned. 

She was then warned by attorneys that one of many solely methods to keep away from a conviction can be to marry her alleged attacker.   

Schietekat selected to flee the nation as an alternative, forsaking what she later described as her ‘dream job’ and was helped out of Doha by the World Cup committee.

‘I had by no means breathed with extra aid than when my passport was stamped,’ she wrote. ‘In Mexico the adrenaline stopped and a slower course of started, though simply as advanced and painful.’ 

She has since claimed that Qatar, which would be the first Arab state to host the FIFA World Cup in November 2022, cares extra about defending the attacker than the rape sufferer. 

She additionally revealed she was beforehand raped when she was 17 however that she didn’t converse out in regards to the ordeal on the time, as she defined why she selected to go public with the allegation. 

The 28-year-old accused the ‘cynical’ worldwide neighborhood of continuous to again Gulf states embroiled in allegations of ‘flagrant human rights abuses’. 

‘Without a agency stance on the a part of the worldwide neighborhood, draconian, retrograde and even absurd legal guidelines will discover a bit gap to proceed justifying themselves, in the shadow of main sporting or cultural occasions,’ she wrote. 

She additionally attacked the Mexican international ministry for failing to guard its 600 residents residing in Qatar, particularly towards gender-based violence.

Since publishing her account, Schietekat has met with Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard who introduced the state would offer her with authorized illustration ‘making certain that every one her rights as a Mexican citizen are revered.’ 

Qatar has been embroiled in scandals because the World Cup approaches, with experiences of 1000’s of migrant staff dying in the nation because it was awarded the match in 2010 and stinging criticism of the federal government’s human rights report.

Qatar has been embroiled in scandals because the World Cup approaches, with experiences of 1000’s of migrant staff dying in the nation because it was awarded the match in 2010 and stinging criticism of the federal government’s human rights report