A Qatari court has imposed death sentences on eight former officers of the Indian Navy for spying for military secrets with Israel; at the same time, employment with a Qatari firm has now thrust New Delhi into a whirlwind of diplomatic efforts to overturn the ruling.
Details of the Accusation and Verdict
The officers, some of whom previously helmed critical Indian warships, were employed by Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services. This private enterprise offers training and assorted services to the military of Qatar. Speculation has emerged around their involvement in a covert project focusing on Italian tech-based stealth midget submarines.
Seized in August 2022, New Delhi has been tirelessly pushing for their release and was granted consular access to these individuals. Their trial, which concluded recently in March, resulted in the harrowing pronouncement of the death penalty.
New Delhi’s Response
Reacting to the court’s decision, the Indian foreign ministry stated, “The Court of First Instance of Qatar’s judgement involving the 8 Indian employees of Al Dahra company has come to our attention.” Voicing their shock over the death sentence verdict, they eagerly await the comprehensive judgement details. Their statement further reads, “We remain in constant communication with the affected families and the legal counsel. All potential legal avenues are currently under exploration.”
Underscoring the gravity of this case, they committed to ongoing consular and legal support. They will also initiate discussions regarding the verdict with Qatari officials. Due to the case’s confidential nature, the ministry chose to refrain from further comments at this stage.