Indian Government Appeals Qatar Court's Death Sentences for Navy Officers
Indian Government Appeals Qatar Court's Death Sentences for Navy Officers

New Delhi: The Indian government has lodged an appeal in response to the death sentences handed down to eight former Indian Navy officers by a Qatari court in October. The officers, arrested in September 2022 on alleged charges of espionage, have been the focus of diplomatic efforts by India to address their legal situation.

Appeal and Confidentiality

The Ministry of External Affairs of India revealed that the appeal has been made, emphasizing the confidential nature of the court's decision. The ministry stated, "The decision is confidential. The court that handed down the decision has been shared with our legal team. The appeal has been filed considering all legal options."

Consular Access and Ongoing Support

Indian authorities are actively engaged with Qatari authorities and have secured consular access to the detained individuals. The Ministry of External Affairs emphasized ongoing legal and consular support, urging against speculative discussions due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

Background: Espionage Allegations and Arrests

The former Navy officers were initially arrested on charges related to business rivalry and money laundering. However, later developments revealed accusations of espionage, specifically spying for Israel. These individuals were employed by Dahara Global Technology and Consultancy, a company providing training and consultancy services to the Qatar Navy.

Details of Accusations

The accused officers were reportedly spying on a submarine program linked to an agreement between Qatar and an Italian shipbuilding company, 'Fincantieri SPA.' Qatar alleges that the Indian officials were sharing confidential information about the submarine program with Israel. While Qatar claims to have intercepted communication indicating espionage activities, no evidence has been shared with India.

Family Engagement and Ongoing Concerns

The Indian government remains in touch with the family members of the detained officials and reassured continued support. The unfolding situation underscores the delicate diplomatic balance as India seeks to navigate legal complexities and protect the interests of its citizens in a foreign jurisdiction.

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