In a case that drew international attention from human rights activists, Grace & Matthew Huang have been cleared in the death of their adopted daughter in Qatar, reports KPCC.
Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement ending the couple’s two year ordeal. The Huangs are now free to leave the country. Kerry released the following statement:
“The Attorney General of the State of Qatar has informed the U.S. Embassy in Qatar that no further appeal will be filed in the case of Matthew and Grace Huang. At the opening of business on Wednesday December 3, the travel ban will be lifted and Mr. and Mrs. Huang will be free to travel. The United States applauds this decision, and we look forward to seeing the Huangs reunited with their children at home.”
The Huangs were arrested in January 2013 for their daughter’s death. Key to prosecutors argument was why would a Chinese American couple adopt an African daughter. The government accused the couple of starving their 8-year old Gloria to death. The couple said their daughter had developed an eating disorder while in a Ghana orphanage.
The last few days have been tense for the Huangs who didn’t know for sure they would be allowed to leave the country. You can read about that on KPCC.