Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Qatar Releases Eight Former Indian Navy Personnel, MEA Credits PM Modi’s Personal Supervision

In a recent development, Qatar has released eight former Indian Navy personnel who were sentenced to death in October 2022 on undeclared charges. Of the eight men, seven have returned to India, while one has stayed back in Qatar due to family commitments.

The Government of India welcomed the release of these eight Indian nationals, who were working for the Dahra Global company and were detained in Qatar. The Ministry of External Affairs expressed gratitude towards the Amir of the State of Qatar for enabling their release and homecoming.

The charges and conditions of their release have not been disclosed by either country, but it has been reported that the men were charged with espionage. After months of negotiations, a team of Indian officials successfully secured the release of the eight men. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and other security officials played a key role in the discussions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the margins of the COP28 Summit in Dubai in December and discussed the well-being of the Indian community in Qatar.

Commander Purnendu Tiwari, who was given a 25-year prison term, has stayed back in Qatar due to family commitments and is expected to return to India soon. The other seven men have expressed their gratitude towards PM Modi for his personal intervention and the Qatari emir for allowing their release.

In December, Qatar’s Court of Appeal commuted the death sentences awarded to the men and sentenced them to prison for varying durations ranging from three years to 25 years. The court had given the eight men 60 days to appeal against the prison terms, but they were released earlier than expected.

This is a significant development in India-Qatar relations, and the MEA has lauded PM Modi for his personal supervision of the case. The release of these eight Indian Navy personnel will further strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two countries. – The Blaze Times

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