According to the Ministry of External Affairs, a court in Qatar on Thursday lowered the sentences of eight former Navy officers found guilty in the Dahra Global case. Instead of jail sentences, the Indian government will keep up all consular and legal support for its citizens and will continue to pursue the issue with the authorities in Qatar.
We have taken note of the Court of Appeal of Qatar’s decision today on the sentencing reduction in the Dahra Global Case. A thorough ruling is anticipated. The family members were in the Court of Appeal today, along with our ambassador to Qatar and other officials. Since the start of the situation, we have supported them, and we will keep offering all possible legal and consular support. We shall also keep bringing up the issue with the relevant authorities. Regarding the decision in the Dahra Global Case in Qatar, the MEA statement added.
August 2022 saw the arrest of the eight former Navy officers who were employed by Dahra Global, a company based in Doha. Although the charge against the Indian citizens was kept under wraps by the Qatari authorities, there were rumors going around that the ex-Navy officials were spying for Israel. The charge sheet against them is due in March 2023. Following the case, India’s Ministry of External Affairs expressed shock at the decision and started some serious diplomatic talks.
During the COP28 summit in Dubai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also had a meeting with the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad AI-Thani, with whom he spoke about the welfare of the Indian community. India concentrated on attempting to retrieve them. Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for the MEA, described India’s position on the case last week at a news conference and stated that the government is concentrating on getting them back. We have stated that this is a crucial problem that we are monitoring and that we are making the quickest possible return to India for our staff. He stated that’s what motivates us. Commander Amit Nagpal, Commander Purnendu Tiwari, Commander Sugunakar Pakala, Commander Sanjeev Gupta, Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Captain Birendra Kumar Verma, Captain Saurabh Vasisht, and Sailor Rajesh are eight former Navy officials.
The eight ex-members of the Indian Navy have been detained since August of last year. Eight former Indian Navy soldiers who have been held in Qatar for more than a year have been sentenced to death by a court here. The Indian government announced that it was shocked by the sentence and promised to investigate all legal avenues to ensure its people’s release. The eight men worked for AlDahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private company that supplies training and related services to Qatar’s security.