Marc Bennett found hanged in Qatar after ‘secret police tortured him’

Brit travel expert was 'tortured by Qatar secret police' before hanging himself

A British travel expert was ‘tortured by Qatar secret police’ before hanging himself

A British travel expert who was found hanged in a hotel in Doha told friends he was tortured by Qatar’s ‘secret police’.

Marc Bennett, 52, was found dead on Christmas Day in 2019 in the city’s Curve Hotel after telling his friends he had been detained.

He was reported to the authorities in 2019 on the accusation that he had sent ‘highly confidential documents’ to an external email address after being appointed senior vice-president at Discover Qatar.

After resigning from his position, Mr Bennett was arrested at the Qatar Airways office where he was handcuffed and blindfolded before being taken to a detention centre.

Three weeks later he was released having been subjected to torture techniques including being stripped of his clothes, hit against walls and sprayed with a hose.

Mr Bennett was also left in ‘legal limbo’ not knowing if charges would be made against him or whether he would be arrested again.

The night before his death, he was on a video call with his family ‘laughing and joking’, and he did not leave a suicide note addressed to his loved ones.

In her first interview after her husband’s death, his wife Nancy told The Times: ‘There are so many questions.

Brit travel expert was 'tortured by Qatar secret police' before hanging himself

Marc Bennett was ‘laughing and joking’ on a video call with his family the night before his death

‘He left here with the whole world ahead of him.’

Lawyers for the United Nations have said the allegations surrounding Mr Bennett’s poor treatment are ‘credible’, The Times reported.

Although his death has been labeled as a suicide, a UK coroner said Mr Bennett showed ‘no specific evidence of suicidal intent’.

He added: ‘The circumstances of the months leading up to his death remain unclear.’

A week after now Prime Minister Liz truss became Foreign Secretary, Mr Bennett’s case was closed.

One month later, Ms Truss visited Qatar, saying she wanted to create a ‘strategic dialogue’ between the two countries with more co-operation over ‘security, development, trade and investment’.

Mr Bennett was chosen to be senior vice-president of Discover Qatar to help boost the country’s tourism industry ahead of the World Cup.

Qatar Airways told The Times they reported Mr Bennett to the police after discovering he had been sending ‘highly confidential documents’ to a private email address.

The Foreign Office said they provided assistance to Mr Bennett’s family following his death.

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