How India’s plea to Qatar for ex- Navy officers unfolded

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Nov 24, 2023

'Shocking' verdict for India

Eight former Indian Navy personnel were handed a death penalty in Qatar, a verdict India appealed against and called ‘deeply shocking.’

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Reports said the men were accused of spying and espionage. However, their charges were never made public.

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A sister’s appeal

Meetu Bhargava, the sister of one of the ex-officers, requested PM Modi to intervene and bring back the accused months before the sentencing.

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Appealing with ‘folded hands,’ Bhargava wrote that it was ‘high time that they all are brought back to India immediately.’

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Qatar reportedly accepted India’s appeal on November 24. Qatar will set a hearing after assessing the appeal, NDTV reported.

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India’s MEA, which was granted consular access to the accused, requested people to refrain from ‘engaging in speculation.’

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The ex-Navy personnel, who were arrested in August 2022, reportedly have a distinguished service record of up to 20 years.

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