A TV reporter says she was stunned by a question from Qatari police after she was robbed live on air while covering the World Cup.
Argentine journalist Dominique Metzger had her wallet and important documents taken from her purse on Sunday.
It happened ahead of the first game in the fan zone in Doha’s Corniche district.
After assuring her that they would catch the perpetrator, officers reportedly asked her what punishment she would like the thief to face.
Taking to Instagram, Dominique, who works for TV station TN Metzger, said she immediately noticed “cultural differences” at the police station.
She said: “The policewoman said to me: ‘We have high-tech cameras everywhere and we will track him down [the thief] with face recognition. What should the justice system do if we find him?”
When a confused Dominique asked what they meant, they apparently replied, “What justice do you want? What sentence should we give him?
“Do you want him sentenced to five years in prison? Do you want him deported?’
Dominique said she didn’t ask for any specific punishment, just asked for her belongings to be returned.
It is not known if this has happened and Metro.co.uk has reached out to the Home Office for comment on the claims.
Qatar has trained more than 50,000 people to ensure safety for an expected influx of 1.2 million visitors from around the world.
Around 15,000 facial recognition cameras have been placed in stadiums to minimize crime.
It comes amid major concerns the strict laws of the nation and criminalization of homosexuality.
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Command and Control Center for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Niyas Abdulrahiman, said a total of US$300 billion (£254 billion) has been spent on new infrastructure, including seven new stadiums
“What you see here is a new standard, a new trend in events, this is our contribution from Qatar to the world of sports. What you see here is the future of stadium operations,” he said.
Qatari officials were forced to apologize to a Danish journalist last week after security forces threatened to smash his camera while he was covering the World Cup live.
The Football Association are currently awaiting a fine from FIFA, while Harry Kane could be given a yellow card for wearing a ‘One Love’ armband in England’s opener against Iran today.
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