The Department for Social Welfare has begun investigations into how a Ghanaian child was murdered by her foster American parents in Qatar.
The couple, Matthew and Grace Huang was found guilty of deliberately starving the nine-year-old girl from Ghana to death.
It is believed they intended to harvest her organs for sale.
A court in Qatar sentenced the couple to three years in prison and also imposed a fine of $4,120 on them.
The couple have denied the accusation describing it as “ridiculous” and that Gloria died from complications related to an eating disorder.
According an official at the Department for Social Welfare told Citi News, they are working to determine if the couple went through the appropriate procedures to adopt the child.
The Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur in August last year, ordered a moratorium on adoption in Ghana.
According to the sector Minister, the Ministry took the decision because it detected that about 19 illegal adoption agencies were operating in the country.
Statistics from the Ministry also indicated that over 1,000 children were adopted in Ghana between 2009 and 2011 and most of them were sent to foreign countries.
The couple and their three young children – Gloria and two boys – moved to Qatar in 2012 when Mr Huang, an engineer, got a job working on a construction project for the 2022 Fifa World Cup.
He and his wife were arrested in January 2013 after Gloria died in hospital after having not eaten for four days
By: Nana Boakye-Yiadom/citifmonline.com/Ghana