Qatar released 8 former Indian marines, 7 officers returned to their country, were held on charges of espionage.

By Pooja Bhardwaj February 12, 2024 6:58 AM IST

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Qatar has released 8 Indian ex-marines. Out of which 7 have returned to India. All these soldiers were serving jail sentences on charges of espionage. Initially he was given death sentence which was later commuted to imprisonment. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said late on Monday (February 12) that the Government of India welcomes the release of 8 Indians working for Dahra Global Company detained in Qatar. We appreciate Qatar’s decision to allow them to return home. Arrangements are being made to bring the eighth sailor home.

The death sentence was commuted to imprisonment.

Let us tell you that these 8 former marines were arrested by the State Security Bureau of Qatar’s Intelligence Agency on 30 August 2022. All these officers worked in Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy, a private company that provides training to Qatar’s navy. Dahra provides global defense services. Along with these 8 sailors, Squadron Leader Khamis Al Ajmi, head of Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy, was also arrested but was released in November 2022. On 26 October 2023, all these former Navy officers were sentenced to death. After which, on 28 December 2023, his death sentence was changed to imprisonment.

Israel accused of spying

It is known that Qatar never made public the allegations leveled against these soldiers, but different media organizations of the world had written about the allegations due to which the former Indian marines were arrested. According to the Financial Times, he was accused of spying for Israel. At the same time, according to a report by Al-Jazeera, these 8 former Navy officers were accused of giving important information related to Qatar’s submarine project to Israel.

Names of 8 officers released

  1. Captain Navtej Singh Gill
  2. Commander Purnendu Tiwari
  3. Commander Sugunakar Pakala
  4. Commander Sanjeev Gupta
  5. Commander Amit Nagpal
  6. Captain Saurabh Vashishtha
  7. Captain Birendra Kumar Verma
  8. Sailor Ragesh

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