Qatar’s death penalty to ex-Indian Navy officers: Explained

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Oct 26, 2023

Qatar's 'shocking' verdict

Eight former Indian Navy officers have been handed a death penalty by a Qatar court. The group had been in jail for over a year.

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Who are the officers?

Navtej Gill, Birendra Verma, Saurabh Vasisht, Amit Nagpal, Purnendu Tiwari, Sugunakar Pakala, Sanjeev Gupta and Ragesh were listed in a report.

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Who is Purnendu Tiwari?

Former Commander Purnendu Tiwari was presented with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award in 2019 by then-Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

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What are the accusations?

The ex-officers were reportedly blamed for spying on Qatar’s highly specialized and exclusive submarines for Israeli intelligence.

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What were they doing in Qatar?

The eight men were reportedly employed at Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private defence firm in Qatar.

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Jail time in Qatar

The ex-officers have been in jail since August 2022. They were reportedly moved from solitary confinement in July'23 and were allowed phone access.

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What does India say?

India said it would challenge the death penalty. ‘We are deeply shocked by the verdict of death penalty and are awaiting the detailed judgement.’

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