Matthew and Grace Huang are an American couple from Los Angeles who moved to Qatar with their three young children in 2012. Matthew’s American employer had asked Matthew, a Stanford-trained engineer, to go to Qatar to help oversee a major infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup improvements. On January 15, 2013, the Huangs’ eight year-old daughter, Gloria, died unexpectedly in Doha. Gloria had not been noticeably ill, and her body showed no signs of trauma or other violence. Nevertheless, the Qatari police immediately suspected foul play. They arrested the Huangs the next day and put the Huangs’ other two children in a Qatari orphanage. Qatari officials subsequently charged Matthew and Grace with murdering Gloria by starving her, concluded the murder may have been done in order to harvest her organs or to conduct medical experiments on her, and accused the Huangs of obtaining all three of their children via human trafficking. A conviction would carry a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, but prosecutors sought the death penalty.
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