Qatar accepts India’s plea, spares navy veterans from death penalty

In a recent update, Qatar has reportedly granted India’s appeal, sparing eight Navy veterans from the death penalty. Sources revealed that an appeal was lodged against the death sentences handed down to the former Indian Navy personnel by a Qatari court last month, as confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that the Indian embassy in Doha secured another consular access to the detained Indians on Tuesday, affirming that New Delhi will continue providing all legal and consular support to them.

The eight Indian nationals, affiliated with the private company Al Dahra, were apprehended in August last year in connection with an alleged case of espionage. The charges against them, however, were not disclosed by either the Qatari authorities or New Delhi.

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Former military officials highlighted that all the ex-Navy officers had exemplary service records, with stints of up to 20 years in the Indian Navy. They had held crucial positions, including roles as instructors within the force. In May, Al-Dhara Global ceased its operations in Doha, prompting the return of its workforce, primarily consisting of Indians, to their home country.