Qatari ambassador scandal: huge compensation for British after sex calls and "qat"
LONDON (Reuters) - A London court ordered the payment of about $ 500,000 in compensation to a former British employee who worked for the Doha embassy in London for "religious discrimination and sexual harassment".
Diane Kingson, 58, a Briton who grew up in Yemen, said in testimony to Labor Court judges in central London that former Qatari ambassador Fahd al-Mashiri had repeatedly asked her to have sex with him.
According to The Times, Kingson told the court in detail some of the conversations between them, such as saying that he had taken the virginity of a woman before, and asked her to chew the plant "khat" narcotic "in the hope of being sexually aroused."
She told the court that she had tried "politely" to understand that she was not interested in having sex with him. She said she was asked to intercede to marry her daughter.
Kingson also told the court that another senior diplomat was pressuring her to hold sex parties, and had previously been asked to travel with him on vacation to Cuba.
She seemed to be believed to be a "party girl" because she did not look like the stereotypical appearance of Muslim women.
Court judges concluded that embassy staff believed they were willing to engage in sexual activities with male staff because they were "non-Muslim."
The court said she was on the verge of suicide and suffered severe psychological problems because of her sexual humiliation.
The Times said that Kingson, a graduate of the University of Aden and speaks fluent Arabic, used to work for the Yemeni embassy in London before moving to the Qatari embassy in 2006, to work as a secretary and was expelled in 2014 on the back of this case.