The Court docket of First Occasion at Doha, Qatar has awarded the demise penalty to eight Indian nationals, announced the Indian Ministry of Exterior Affairs on Thursday. Whereas the Qatari authorities has not revealed the precise fees, some sources state they have been arrested on fees of espionage on behalf of Israel. The judgment is at present unavailable for public viewing.
As per a 2022 letter by Indian Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, a response to a query posed to him in Parliament, the eight males have been ex-Indian Navy personnel and have been working as staff of Al Dahra International, a personal agency. They have been arrested by Qatari authorities on August 30, 2022. The Indian Authorities was granted consular entry to them they usually have been additionally allowed to contact their households. Jaishankar assured the federal government was in common contact with them.
Retired Main Normal Satbir Singh, the Chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Motion, stated that males had travelled to Qatar to coach Qatari naval personnel. In line with him, seven of the boys arrested have been former commanders of a sophisticated age, affected by numerous well being situations and requiring help.
Reportedly, some journalists who coated their arrest and detention in Doha have been requested to leave the nation. Whereas the nationality of the journalists has not been confirmed, it’s alleged that one among them was Indian. The Indian Ministry of Exterior Affairs, of their statement, declared they have been “deeply shocked” by the decision, and are awaiting the detailed judgment to be launched. They said that they would offer consular and authorized help and that they’re “exploring all authorized choices” with the boys’s households. In addition they assured they’d take the decision up with the Qatari authorities.
In the meantime, Indians have taken to social media to demand accountability and transparency from the Qatari authorities, particularly with regard to the concealment of the costs.
Notably, Qatar houses round 746,000 individuals of Indian origin—round 25% of Qatar’s inhabitants.