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Naval Officers' Death Row: India Files Appeal In Case Of 8 Navy Veterans' Death Sentence By Qatar

On October 26, Qatar's Court of First Instance gave eight former Indian Navy personnel death sentence. As per media reports, the ex-Navy officers who worked with private company Al Dahra, were arrested in August last year reportedly in an alleged case of espionage

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India has filed an appeal against the death sentence handed down to eight former Indian Navy personnel by a Qatari court last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, the Indian embassy in Doha received another consular access to the detained Indians on Tuesday.

He further asserted that the naval officers will continue to receive consular support from New Delhi.

"An appeal has already been filed in the case," Bagchi said at his weekly media briefing.

Qatar court gives death sentences

On October 26, Qatar's Court of First Instance gave eight former Indian Navy personnel death sentence.

India described the ruling as "deeply" shocking and vowed to explore all legal options in the case.

 As per media reports, the ex-Navy officers who worked with private company Al Dahra, were arrested in August last year reportedly in an alleged case of espionage

Neither the Qatari authorities nor New Delhi made the charges against the Indian nationals public.

India's reaction

In its reaction to the ruling by the Qatari court, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last month said it is attaching "high importance" to this case and is exploring all legal options.

The charges were filed against the eight Indian navy veterans on March 25 and they were tried under Qatari law.

All of the former Navy officers had "unblemished stints" of up to 20 years in the Indian Navy and had held important positions including that of instructors in the force, former military officials had said.

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