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US couple denied request to leave Qatar in child death case

Published on Feb 5, 2014 7:25 PM

DOHA (AFP) - A US couple in Qatar accused of killing their adopted child to harvest her organs said on Wednesday they feel "kidnapped" by the Gulf emirate, with no verdict expected until late March.

Matthew and Grace Huang, Americans of Asian origin, were arrested in January 2013 after the death of their adopted daughter Gloria, an eight-year-old girl from Ghana, and accused of causing her death in order to sell her organs.

The couple's supporters describe them as a loving family and insist the girl died of an eating disorder caused by the "extreme poverty" she suffered at a young age in the West African country.

The couple were released in November pending trial, but on Wednesday the court denied their request to leave the country to join their other two adopted children in the United States, and said a verdict would be announced March 27, according to a judicial source.

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