Eight former Indian navy soldiers who were on death sentence are released by Qatar

Eight former Indian naval officers who had been put on death row due to unidentified allegations have been freed by a Qatari court. The foreign ministry in Delhi announced on Monday that seven of the guys had already left and returned to India. Authorities declared in January that their death sentences had been changed to “varying” prison terms. The charges against the men, who worked for the private company Dahra Global in Qatar, were not made public by either India or Qatar. However, according to Reuters and the Financial Times, the individuals were accused of working as Israeli spies.

 

The foreign ministry in Delhi released a statement saying, “We appreciate the decision by the Amir of the State of Qatar to enable the release and home-coming of these nationals.” India declared itself “deeply shocked” in October of last year following the men’s death sentences from the Court of First Instance in Qatar. The foreign ministry stated it would investigate all legal possibilities and later filed an appeal against the sentence. In 2022, the men’s arrest had garnered front-page news in India.

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