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This undated photo provided by the David House Agency shows Matthew, right, and Grace Huang, left, with two of their adopted children, Gloria, center left, and one of their two sons.  The couple has been jailed in Qatar on a charge of murder with intent and is accused of starving Gloria, 8, to death, according to a coalition of legal and public relations groups that are working on the case from the U.S. and trying to draw publicity to what they claim is are unjust arrests. (AP Photo/David House Agency)
This undated photo provided by the David House Agency shows Matthew, right, and Grace Huang, left, with two of their adopted children, Gloria, center left, and one of their two sons. The couple has been jailed in Qatar on a charge of murder with intent and is accused of starving Gloria, 8, to death, according to a coalition of legal and public relations groups that are working on the case from the U.S. and trying to draw publicity to what they claim is are unjust arrests. (AP Photo/David House Agency)
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(AP) A relative of a Los Angeles couple arrested in Qatar says the two had gone there at the request of a Colorado-based engineering company that focuses on water infrastructure projects.


Matthew and Grace Huang are jailed on accusations that they starved their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, to death, according to groups that are working on their case. The groups say the arrests are unjust. The Huangs' relatives say they've been falsely accused.


Grace Huang's brother Daniel Chin said Wednesday that Matthew Huang went to Qatar after MWH Global Inc., based in Broomfield, asked him to be an engineer on a project supporting the Doha World Cup 2022.


"Since moving to Doha, Matthew and Grace have not only experienced the loss of their daughter, but they are now left to struggle through a foreign court that doesn't seem to understand why they would have even adopted special needs children from Africa," Chin said in a statement released by a family spokesman.


"Our family has sacrificed greatly to defend them, take care of their other children and work to bring them home safely to the U.S."


The couple adopted Gloria from Ghana when she was 4. They say she had eating disorders stemming from malnourishment in early childhood.


An MWH Global spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment late Wednesday.


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