The first instance court in Qatar sentenced eight people including a native of Thiruvananthapuram to death. These are former senior naval officers who commanded India’s warships. From the very beginning, the central government was making diplomatic intervention for the release of ex-servicemen. But it is clear with the court verdict that these moves were not successful.
Vipul was appointed as India’s new ambassador to Qatar last August after completing one year of his jail term. Before him, Deepak Mittal, who was the Indian ambassador in Doha, had also intervened on behalf of the central government in the issue of ex-servicemen who were being tried under Qatari law. Deepak Mittal had returned home from Doha at the end of last March. Deepak Mittal is currently working as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. After two months, Vihual was appointed as the new ambassador, but the appointment was again delayed.
The Union Ministry of External Affairs responded that it was shocked by the verdict and was waiting for a detailed verdict. The Indian government is exploring legal options for release. The Ministry of External Affairs said that it is in touch with the family members and the legal team. The Indian and Qatari authorities have not yet released the names of the ex-soldiers or the charges against them.
The ex-soldiers were employed by Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, a private firm that provides training and related services to Qatar’s armed forces. Media reported that the bail application was rejected several times and the Qatari authorities extended the detention.
It is said that he has been in solitary confinement for a long time and the verdict was pronounced after seven hearings. After their trial was completed on October 3, the verdict in the case was pronounced today.
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