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  • 4 September 2014, 18:06

Fears Britons Missing In Qatar May Be Tortured

The wife of a British man believed to have been detained by Qatari police has called for the government to help her find her husband.

Bandana Ghimire told Sky News she fears he could be tortured.

Her husband Gundev Ghimire and his colleague Krishna Upadhyaya, also a British national, arrived in Qatar on August 27.

They were there on behalf of Norway-based human rights organisation the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD) to follow up reports on the state of Nepalese workers in the Gulf state.

Mrs Ghimire told Sky News the last time she was in contact with her husband was Sunday when he told her he would be arriving in England the following day.

She said she feared the authorities there may torture the two men.

GNRD said it ordered the men to leave the country after they were being followed by an increasing number of police officers.

Flights to London and Amsterdam were booked and the pair checked out of their hotel but never made it on to the plane.

GNRD issued a statement saying: "GNRD employees Mr Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya 52, and Mr Ghimire Gundev 36, have disappeared in Doha, Qatar, following harassment by the police.

"Their whereabouts remain undisclosed by Qatari authorities despite repeated efforts by GNRD, and their families, to obtain their location.

"GNRD is deeply concerned that these employees, both British citizens, may have been subjected to enforced disappearance and are currently at risk of torture."

Sky News has attempted to contact the Qatari authorities but has so far received no response.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson told Sky News: "We are aware of reports of two British nationals missing in Qatar and we are looking into them."

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