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Qatar sentenced eight Indian army veterans to death on charges of spying for Israel

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, delivers an annual speech during the opening of the 52nd session of the Shura Consultative Council in Doha (Amiri Diwan/Handout via REUTERS)
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, delivers an annual speech during the opening of the 52nd session of the Shura Consultative Council in Doha (Amiri Diwan/Handout via REUTERS)

A court in Qatar sentenced to death this Thursday eight veterans of the Indian Navy who worked for the private Qatari consulting firm Al Dahra for allegedly spying for the government of Israel.

All have been found guilty of gathering information about Qatar’s military submarine development program and were arrested in Doha, Qatar’s capital, in August 2022.

Among its functions was advising the Qatari government on the acquisition of submarines.

The submarines in question would be covered in “special” materials that improve their ability to go undetected, according to information from the Indian television network. NDTV.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs noted in a statement the government’s “shock” which “will address the issue with the Qatari authorities” and analyze “all possible legal options.”

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi (EFE/EPA/ALEXANDROS BELTES)
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi (EFE/EPA/ALEXANDROS BELTES)

“We are in contact with his family and members of the legal team and we are analyzing all legal options. We attach great importance to this case and are following it closely. “We will extend all consular and legal assistance and will take up this judgment with the Qatari authorities,” the Indian authorities said.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs stated that it is awaiting the detailed decision in the case.

Qatari authorities granted New Delhi consular access to the eight Indian nationals during their trial.

Millions of Indians live and work in the Gulf, a large number of them as semi-skilled or unskilled workers. They are an important source of revenue for India and contribute to the success of the Gulf economies.

This sentence imposed by Qatar comes amid a new war between Israel and Hamas, and Doha’s attempts – with close ties to the Palestinian terror group – to mediate the conflict.

Prime Minister of Qatar, Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al Zanisaid this Wednesday that he expects progress “soon” in talks on the release of hostages captured by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) during its October 7 attacks on Israel.

Qatar mediates with Hamas on the release of the Israeli hostages (Al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas/Handout via REUTERS)
Qatar mediates with Hamas on the release of the Israeli hostages (Al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas/Handout via REUTERS)

“Hostage negotiations are underway. “There has been some progress over the past few days.”, he claimed. “If we compare it with the starting point, there is progress. “We are hopeful and if we can make further progress, there will be important progress soon,” he added.

Similarly, Al Zani, who is also Qatar’s foreign minister, pointed out that Israel’s policies towards the Strip represent “a flagrant violation of international law” and recalled that “more than 2.3 million people are being denied their basic needs.” Palestinians.”

Al Zani stated during a press conference with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidanthat the parties must stop to avoid “dragging the entire region into chaos,” which would cause “an unbearable crisis,” according to Qatar’s television network. Al Jazeera.

“We cannot condemn the loss of life on one side and fight the other,” he noted, opting to keep communication channels open to try to reduce tensions and put an end to the clashes.

Fidan emphasized that “If we don’t act, the violence will increase.” and the response and reaction will be more severe, so everyone must do everything possible to distance themselves from violence and armed confrontation,” as “the worst-case scenario would be a huge disaster.”

(With information from Europa Press and AP)

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