Massive relief as death sentences of 8 Indians commuted in Qatar


Delhi, Dec 28: In a massive relief for families, a the death of eight Indians has been commuted in Qatar. This was informed by the India’s Ministry of External Affairs here today.

MEA informed that India’s Ambassador to Qatar, family members of the jailed Indians, and Embassy officials were present in the Court of Appeal when the verdict was pronounced today.

The eight individuals, namely Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Captain Birendra Kumar Verma, Captain Saurabh Vasisht, Commander Amit Nagpal, Commander Purnendu Tiwari, Commander Sugunakar Pakala, Commander Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Ragesh, were apprehended by Qatari intelligence services in Doha on August 30, 2022. And on October 26, 2023, a Qatar court had sentenced eight former Indian Navy officials to death on charges of spying for Israel in a submarine program while working for Al Dahra, a Doha-based private defense services provider.

In response to the death penalty, India had filed an appeal, and on November 9, the Ministry of External Affairs disclosed that the judgment remained confidential, confirming the submission of an appeal in the case.



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