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Australia Qatar airport incident in which women were invasively searched reported to Australian Federal Police

03:26  26 october  2020
03:26  26 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The incident in which Australian women were invasively searched following the discovery of a newborn baby in a Qatari airport has been reported to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Key points: Australia 's Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she had never heard of such an incident

The Australian government has registered “serious concerns” with Qatari authorities after women on a flight from Doha to Sydney were ordered to disembark the plane and subjected to a strip search and a medical examination. Flight QR908 to Sydney was due to leave Hamad International airport at Doha

Marise Payne wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Marise Payne said the incident in Qatar was © Provided by ABC NEWS Marise Payne said the incident in Qatar was "grossly disturbing". (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

The incident in which Australian women were invasively searched following the discovery of a newborn baby in a Qatari airport has been reported to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said it was "a grossly, grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events".

"It is not something I have ever heard of occurring in my life, in any context," she said.

"We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this matter."

Senator Payne, who is also Minister for Women, said she was expecting a report into the incident from the Qatari Government this week, but that the matter had been reported to the AFP.

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Australian Federal Police confirmed they were aware of the reports and were engaging with Department of Foreign Affairs, telling the ABC that it would be “inappropriate to comment any further”. Dr Babeck, who was returning to Australia after spending a month in Germany with his ill father

Thirteen Australian women were strip searched in Doha earlier this month. '(Officials) were forcing women to undergo invasive body searches - basically forced Pap smears The women complained about the incident while in hotel quarantine after returning to Australia , the Daily Telegraph reports .

It is not clear what powers the AFP would have over the incident, which occurred in Doha in the Middle East.

Senator Payne declined to elaborate further until she had seen the report, but did say the Government was informed of the matter when it occurred on October 2.

Women upset by incident

Dr Wolfgang Babeck was on board the flight and said passengers had been waiting on the tarmac for several hours when all women, regardless of their age, were asked to leave the plane.

"I personally thought, oh wow, what's going on? And I thought the more vulnerable persons are being taken out and I was wondering what will happen now, are they looking for someone, are they searching the plane? I was a bit anxious myself," he told RN Breakfast.

"Then some security people came on board and were looking whether passengers had been hiding on the plane.

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It has been reported that the women were allegedly forced to remove their underwear and have their genitals invasively examined without their consent. "The Australian Government is aware of concerning reports regarding the treatment of female passengers, including Australian citizens, at

The Foreign Minister says an incident involving Australian passengers at Doha airport has been "It is also accepted that many people present were thoroughly stressed by the incident , and this is the 'Grossly disturbing' Qatar airport incident in which women were invasively searched reported to

"When the women came back, many of them — or probably all of them — were upset, one of them was in tears, a younger woman.

"And people couldn't believe what had happened."

Dr Babeck said he understood all flights at the time were delayed.

A statement from the Hamad International Airport (HIA) said a newborn baby was found abandoned on October 2 and was provided with medical attention.

"Medical professionals expressed concern to officials about the health and welfare of a mother who had just given birth and requested she be located prior to departing HIA," it read.

"Individuals who had access to the specific area of the airport where the newborn infant was found were asked to assist in the query.

"At this time, the newborn infant remains unidentified, but is safe under the professional care of medical and social workers."

'Unacceptable treatment'

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese described the incident as "really disturbing" and said he would ask for a briefing from the Government.

"In my view it is completely unacceptable," he said. 

"The Government has a relationship with Qatar, the Government's in a position to regulate a range of activities and I would have thought that it needs something other than just strong words."

NSW Police said the women received medical and psychological support while in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong took to social media to urge Qatari authorities to be "transparent".

"These women should never have been subjected to this outrageous violation," she tweeted.

"Labor supports the Government in registering Australia's serious concerns with Qatari authorities."

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