Eight former members of the Indian Navy have been sentenced to death in Qatar for spying. The Indian Foreign Ministry described the decision as “upsetting” and said it would appeal. A private company called Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services employed the men, who included decorated officers who once directed large Indian warships, to provide training and related services to Qatar’s armed forces.
Some were working on sensitive projects, such as midget submarines with stealth features based on Italian technology. The Court of First Instance of Qatar generated a decision today. The Qatari authorities repeatedly denied their requests for bail, prolonging their imprisonment. The Indian Foreign Ministry has stated that they are investigating all available legal options and are closely monitoring the case.
India will appeal the order opposing eight Navy Veterans’ death penalty in Qatar
Eight former Navy veterans’ detention continued due to the Qatari authorities’ repeated denials of their requests for bail. Today, the Qatari Court of First Instance issued a ruling.
The foreign ministry described the order as “upsetting”
In Qatar, eight former members of the Indian Navy received the death penalty. The foreign ministry described the ruling as “upsetting” and stated that it would not comment due to the “confidential aspect of proceedings,” but it would certainly appeal the decision.
Sources: They received charges of spying
These men, who included decorated officers who had once commanded large Indian warships, worked for a private company called Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, which supplied the armed forces of Qatar with training and related services. According to sources, Some were working on sensitive projects, such as midget submarines with stealth features based on Italian technology. According to reports, they received charges of spying.
The Court of First Instance of Qatar generated a decision today
August of 2022 marked the men’s incarceration. New Delhi has been attempting to secure their release since receiving consular access. In March, the men went on trial. The Qatari authorities repeatedly denied their requests for bail, prolonging their imprisonment. The Court of First Instance of Qatar rendered a decision today.
Captains Navtej Singh Gill, Birendra Kumar Verma, Saurabh Vasisht, Cdr Amit Nagpal, Purnendu Tiwari, Cdr Sugunakar Pakala, Cdr Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Ragesh are the ones who got sentenced.
The Indian Foreign Ministry’s statement
“We await the full ruling and got astonished by the death penalty decision. We are investigating all available legal options and communicating with the family members and our legal team,” the foreign ministry stated.
“We have been closely monitoring this case and place great importance on it. We will keep providing all legal and consular support. We will discuss the ruling with officials in Qatar,” the ministry said in a statement.
The sister of one of the former officers in custody, Meetu Bhargava, approached the government for assistance in getting her brother back. She requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step in in a post on X, the former Twitter.