Qatar courtroom commutes dying sentences of eight India ex-navy officers – JURIST

The Indian Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) announced that the Court docket of Attraction of Qatar has determined to commute the death sentences of eight Indian nationals working for Doha-based Al Dahra International.

In keeping with the MEA, the detailed judgment from the Court docket of Attraction has but to be launched. The MEA additionally said that the Indian ambassador to Qatar was current within the courtroom for the announcement of the judgment, together with the members of the family of the eight males. The MEA concluded, writing:

Now we have stood by them [the eight men] for the reason that starting of the matter and we are going to proceed to increase all consular and authorized help. We may even proceed to take up the matter with the Qatari authorities. As a result of confidential and delicate nature of proceedings of this case, it could not be applicable to make any additional remark at this juncture.

The eight males, who have been all former Navy officers, have been arrested in 2022. Whereas the Qatari authorities has not made the costs in opposition to the boys public, some media sources have claimed they have been arrested for spying on behalf of Israel. In October, the Court docket of First Occasion of Qatar sentenced the eight males to dying. All through the boys’s incarceration, the Indian authorities has been granted consular entry and the boys have been allowed contact with their households. Retired Main Common Satbir Singh, the Chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Motion, has claimed the boys have been touring to Qatar with the intention to practice Qatari navy personnel. Singh has additionally claimed that a few of the males are aged and have extreme well being considerations.  

In keeping with the MEA, there are at the moment round 746,550 Indian nationals dwelling in Qatar, one of many largest populations globally. Greater than 52% of the inhabitants of Qatar are overseas staff, with 89% of the labor pressure being made up of overseas laborers, a big portion of that are Southeast Asian according the US State Division. Qatar’s remedy of Southeast Asian overseas laborers was criticized globally in the course of the preparation for the 2022 World Cup. All through the preparation for the World Cup, 6,500 migrant staff from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka died in accordance with numbers calculated by the Guardian. There have been additionally rampant allegations of Southeast Asian overseas nationals being pressured into unpaid labor main as much as the World Cup.

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