Qatar Court Reduces Death Sentence of 8 former Navy officers to Jail Term



New Delhi : A Qatar court on December 28 reduced the death sentences awarded to eight former Indian Navy personnel last month in connection with an alleged case of espionage, the Indian government said.

The development comes weeks after Qatar’s Court of First Instance accepted the appeal filed by the Centre against the death sentence awarded to the Navy veterans.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that they are anticipating a detailed judgment in the matter. Indian authorities remain in close contact with the legal representatives and the families involved to determine the subsequent course of action. The MEA remarked, “We have acknowledged the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal of Qatar in the Dahra Global case, which has resulted in reduced sentences. We await the comprehensive judgment.”

The eight retired Indian Navy individuals were employed at Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a defense services provider company owned by an Omani national, a retired squadron leader of the Royal Omani Air Force. This company reportedly offered training and other services to Qatar’s defense and security agencies.

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