The skyline of Qatar.
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The Indian government is working on securing the release of eight Indian former Navy personnel on death row in Qatar, an official said.
Qatar’s Court of First Instance handed the death sentence to the men on October 26. The men have been imprisoned in Qatar since August 2022 and were accused of allegedly spying on a submarine programme. Officials said they are still awaiting a copy of the detailed judgement in the case.
Days after the court verdict, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with their families in Delhi, saying that the government would make “all efforts”, to help release the men, including three former Naval Captains, four Commanders and a sailor, who worked for a defence services company.
“The government attaches the highest importance to the case. [I] fully share the concerns and pain of the families, underlined that Government will continue to make all efforts to secure their release,” Jaishankar said in a statement after meeting with the family members.
On Monday (October 30), Admiral Hari Kumar said the government will move on the legal appeals process in Qatar once they receive the court documents.
“I haven’t yet seen the transcript of the court hearing…it was supposed to have been transcribed and provided on Sunday,” Admiral Kumar told journalists. “Every effort is being made by the government to ensure that we take up the legal recourse and find relief for our personnel,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Doha has been coordinating access for families to meet the eight prisoners
The Ministry of External Affairs also said it is “in touch with the family members and the legal team, and we are exploring all legal options.” The ministry said it will continue to extend all consular and legal assistance. ICA/Expat Media
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