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Mother of teacher pays tribute to 'best friend' Lauren

Lauren was not only my eldest daughter but she was my closest friend and confidant. After her father died suddenly, she took on the role of helping and guiding her siblings and me, which shows how genuine Lauren was, always putting others before herself.

This has been proven by the hundreds of tributes I have received from around the world. Nothing will ever bring my daughter back. As a family we will never be able to replace the times we were looking forward to; Lauren getting married, having children, all of those things and more have been taken away from us by these two individuals.

– Alison Patterson


Murdered teacher's family unhappy with sentence

The mother of Lauren Patterson, the British primary school teacher murdered in Qatar, has issued a statement following the sentencing of two men this morning.

Although one of the accused has been sentenced to death for the killing, Alison Patterson said the three year sentence handed to his accomplice was too lenient.

With today’s guilty verdict, justice has been served on Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar for the murder of my daughter Lauren Patterson. However, I do not believe that adequate justice has been served on the second accused, Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz.

Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Abdul Aziz was an accomplice to Lauren's murder and he was aware of what had happened. At no time did he choose to help my daughter or report the murder. In fact he did the contrary; he helped Badr Hashim Khamis Abdullah Al-Jabar dispose of Lauren's body in the most callous and barbaric way.

– Alison Patterson

Lawyer of expat teacher's family seeks harsher penalty

The lawyer for the family of murdered British teacher Lauren Patterson is to appeal the sentence handed down to her murderer's accomplice, according to local media in Qatar.

Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabr was convicted of the killing and sentenced to death.

His friend, Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, was jailed for three years for trying to conceal evidence of Patterson's murder.

The Pattersons' lawyer, Abu Skeikha, called the verdicts "partially satisfactory" and said he would seek a longer custodial sentence for Aziz.

Lauren Patterson's mother 'weeps in court' after verdict

The mother of murdered British teacher Lauren Patterson wept in court as her killer was sentenced to death today, local media report.

Alison Patterson was said to have dropped her head and let out a sob as she heard the verdict.

She did not issue a statement but there is expected to be one later today.

Read: Qatari man 'sentenced to death' for murdering British teacher

Murder of British teacher 'heinous, foreign and shocking'

The murder of British teacher Lauren Patterson was 'heinous, foreign and shocking to a society as conservative as Qatar’s', according to the prosecutor in the case.

A Qatari man, Badr Hashem Khamis Abdallah, has been sentenced to death, with an accomplice jailed for three years in connection with the death, according to local media.

During the trial the defence team claimed that Patterson's death was an accident and that both men were forced into confessing to the crime.


Man 'sentenced to death' for teacher's murder in Doha

Friends of Lauren Patterson had shared this picture of her on Facebook in an attempt to find her last year Credit: Facebook

A Qatari man has been sentenced to death by a court in Doha for the murder of a British expat teacher, according to local media.

Lauren Patterson's remains were found after she was last seen leaving a local nightclub last October.

Another man has been jailed for three years in connection with her death.

Qatar's World Cup committee 'adhered to Fifa's rules'

Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee said it adhered to all of Fifa's rules during its successful bid after a report claimed former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and members of his family were paid millions by a Qatari company.

The 2022 bid committee strictly adhered to Fifa's bidding regulations in compliance with their code of ethics.

The supreme committee for delivery and legacy and the individuals involved in the 2022 bid committee are unaware of any allegations surrounding business dealings between private individuals.

– Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee

Warner, who is currently a politician in Trinidad, denied The Daily Telegraph's report, calling it "foolish" and insisting there is a witch hunt against Qatar.

Read: Senior Fifa official 'paid millions by Qatari company'

Senior Fifa official 'paid millions by Qatari company'

A Qatari company closely linked to the country's successful 2022 World Cup bid reportedly paid a senior official and members of his family almost $2 million (£1.2m), The Daily Telegraph claims.

Former vice-president of Fifa Jack Warner. Credit: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport

Jack Warner, the former vice-president of Fifa, appears to have been paid around £720,000 by the company after Qatar was awarded the prestigious competition, the newspaper reports.

It was also reported that the FBI is now investigating the links between the company, which is controlled by a former Qatari official, and Mr Warner.

Mr Warner strenuously denied the report and said in a statement: "I have no interest in joining in the foolishness that is now passing as news on Qatar and Jack Warner.

"Nor do I intend to join those who are on a witch hunt against the World Cup 2022 venue. And do consider this as my final comment on this matter."

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