Qatar cops let family of murdered American decide if her killer should die

A Kenyan security guard was sentenced to life in prison by a Qatari court for the murder of American teacher after her family opted against choosing the death sentence because they "aren't cruel".

Alvine Moseti Anyona killed Jennifer Brown, from Pennsylvania, in Qatar in 2012, and the court had offered her family the chance to put him before a firing squad.

However, they opted against it and instead Anyona will likely serve 20 years behind bars in the Gulf State before being deported.

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Brown, who was 40, was murdered in the home provided to her by her employer 10 years ago this month, having just arrived there two months earlier.

She had moved there to teach English Modern School in the city of Al-Wakrah, where one of the World Cup host stadiums – and England's training base – is.

The defendant admitted to the murder but a friend who was in court on Tuesday (November 22), said the dad-of-one will appeal the verdict.

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“He told me he was beaten and he had to admit it. He confessed under duress,” said the friend, who asked to remain anonymous.

Anyona was not in the courtroom to hear the verdict of the case that was adjourned several times, according to international reports.


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