Qatar News The release of former Indian marines from Qatar is being considered a major diplomatic victory for India. These eight Indians, who were sentenced to death in Qatar, were released by a court in Doha. The Indian Foreign Ministry played an important role in the release of these Indians and got the death sentence commuted to jail.
Qatar News Today, an Indian sailor who was previously imprisoned in Qatar and given the death penalty, returned home. Many view India’s release of the ex-servicemen as a significant diplomatic win. Eight Indians who had received death sentences in Qatar were freed by a Doha court.
The Indian Foreign Ministry was instrumental in getting these Indians freed and the death penalty reduced to a prison sentence.
Who are these 8 former Indian marines?
- Actually, all these soldiers used to work with Al Dahra Global Technologies based in Doha. This company provides training and other services to the armed forces and security agencies. On December 28 last year, a Qatari court had sentenced him to death on charges of espionage.
- After this the Indian government came into active mode and provided diplomatic assistance. Following India’s appeal, the death sentence was commuted to three years to 25 years in prison.
- After India’s lobbying and PM Modi’s intervention, all these Indians were released.
- The released ex-servicemen include Captains Navtej Gill and Saurabh Vashishtha, Commanders Purnendu Tiwari, Amit Nagpal, SK Gupta, BK Verma and Sugunakar Pakala and Sailor Ragesh.
- Captain Navtej Gill was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for his excellent work. He graduated from the Naval Academy and later served as an instructor at the Defense Services Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.
What were the allegations?
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Former Indian Navy personnel have returned home after being released from Qatar due to the diplomatic efforts of the Modi Ji’s government, the death sentence of the former marines was commuted to life imprisonment and now they…
All these eight former Indian marines were arrested in August last year. He was accused of spying for Qatar. According to a report, these Indians were accused of gathering information related to Qatar’s submarine project for Israel.
Regarding the soldiers’ withdrawal, what action did the government take?
India had already denounced as unjust the death penalty handed down by a small court in Qatar. To support all officials, the government pledged to take legal measures into account.
Following this, India filed an appeal against the death penalty with the Qatari appeal court. He was given a life term in jail when the appeals court in Qatar mitigated his death sentence on December 28.
Concerned relatives of the ex-Navy men demanded their release and a safe return to their native country in the meanwhile. Subsequently, the Foreign Ministry pledged to utilize all diplomatic avenues and set up legal support to facilitate their return.
The Qatar court’s decision is also being considered a major diplomatic victory for India. This is because it comes a few weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the sidelines of the COP28 summit in Dubai. Then PM Modi had said that he had discussed the well-being of the Indian community in Qatar.