Eight retired Indian Navy officers arrested in Qatar were recently sentenced to death. Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar has reacted in this matter. According to the reports, the army chief has stated that the government is making every possible effort to adopt the legal process so that our people can get relief.
The eight retired Indian Navy officers have been in Qatar jail since September last year. However, Qatar has not made the allegations publicly against them. On Monday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met the families of eight detained Indians. He said that the Government of India is looking at this matter with utmost importance and the government is with the families in this difficult time.
Jaishankar said, “The government will continue to make efforts for the safe release of these citizens. We will maintain contact with the families regarding this matter.”
#WATCH | “Every effort is being made by the government to ensure we take up through the legal course and we get relief for our personnel,” says Indian Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar on 8 Navy veterans getting death sentence in Qatar. pic.twitter.com/thkfhp1QQ4
— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2023
What is the matter?
The government of Qatar detained eight former Indian marines in September 2022. In March, they were accused of being spies. These eight Indian nationals who were detained are ex-Navy officers who were employed by Zahira Al Alami, a company based in Qatar.
This business was involved in the submarine program for the Qatar Navy. This program’s goal was to obtain submarines with advanced Italian technology that could evade radar.
There were 75 Indian citizen employees in the company. Most of them were former officers of the Indian Navy. In May, the company had said that it was going to close the company from May 31, 2022.