India: Qatar releases 8 former Indian Navy officers

Qatar has released eight former Indian Navy officers after it overturned death sentences issued against them last year, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said on Monday.

Last December, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said a Qatari court overturned death sentences against 8 former Indian Navy officers who were arrested last year on charges of spying for Israel.

“We appreciate the decision of the Emir of the State of Qatar to allow the release of these nationals and their return to their homeland,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Monday, adding that the eight accused have returned to India.

Eight Indian nationals working on a submarine project with a private company for Qatari authorities were arrested in 2022.

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