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Brit Journos Freed From Qatar Prison

Two British journalists, who were researching the working conditions of migrant labourers in Qatar, have been released after being held by Qatari authorities for almost nine days.

Two British journalists, detained in Qatar for almost nine days, have been released from custody.

Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire were in Qatar researching a report on the working and living conditions of Nepalese migrant labourers when they went missing on August 31.

The Qatari government later announced that the pair were arrested and were "being interrogated for having violated the provisions of the laws of the state of Qatar." Today, the men have finally been freed.

Chief executive manager of GNRD, the men's employer, Evgenia Kondrakhina said: "Tomorrow Krishna and Gundev will need to go to the police to get their gadgets back after all data will be erased from them… Once they finish with the police they will contact us to confirm when we can reserve tickets for them… We will now concentrate on organising their transfer back home as soon as possible."

Upadhyaya's wife, Sarita Poudyal, told the Guardian: "I received a call from Krishna at about 1am. He said he had just been released. He sounded very happy. He was completely unaware of all the work they had been done to release him. He told me he would be leaving Qatar in two days."

A spokesperson for the British embassy in Qatar said: "The British embassy can confirm that Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire have been released."

The ministry of foreign affairs in Qatar could not be reached for comment.


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