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8 Indian Navy Veterans Released From Qatar Jail, Back To India

Accused of spying on a submarine program, they were imprisoned from October 2022.

In a significant development that has captured international attention, Qatar has released eight Indian Navy veterans previously sentenced to death on charges of espionage. This move, hailed as a major diplomatic victory, marks a pivotal moment in the relations between India and Qatar.

The individuals involved are Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Captain Saurabh Vashisht, Commander Purenendu Tiwari, Captain Birendra Kumar Verma, Commander Sugunakar Pakala, Commander Sanjeev Gupta, Commander Amit Nagpal, and Sailor Ragesh.

These veterans, with up to two decades of service in the Indian Navy, were recognized for their distinguished careers and contributions. Notably, Captain Gill, a recipient of the President’s Gold Medal, had also served as an instructor at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.

The timeline of events leading to their release spans over two years, beginning with their arrest in August 2022 while working for the private company Al Dahra. Accused of spying on a submarine program, they were imprisoned from October 2022.

Despite the grave charges and subsequent death sentence handed down by Qatar’s Court of First Instance in October 2023, vigorous legal and diplomatic efforts ensued. The Indian government’s appeal and engagement with Qatari authorities eventually led to the commutation of the death sentences in December 2023, following a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Emir of Qatar on the sidelines of the COP28 Summit.

The release of the eight veterans on February 12, 2024, with seven already back in India, was warmly received by the Indian government.

This outcome not only signifies the strengthening of bilateral ties but also highlights the effective use of diplomacy in resolving international disputes. The government’s acknowledgment of Qatar’s decision underscores the mutual respect and understanding between the two nations, paving the way for future cooperation.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. 🎉 Eight Indian Navy veterans released from Qatar jail after being sentenced to death for espionage. A triumph of diplomacy and justice. 🇮🇳 #IndiaQatarRelations #DiplomaticVictory

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