Awaiting ‘ positive outgrowth ’ India on appeal to free ex-navy men in Qatar jail


The eight ex-navy men, including decorated officers who commanded frontline warships in the Indian Navy, were doomed to death by Qatari court on October 26

New Delhi: India on Thursday said it’s awaiting a “positive outgrowth” to the appeal filed by the families of eight former Indian Navy labor force who were doomed to death by a Qatari court after being detained for further than a time on undeclared charges.

India on appeal to free Ex Indian navy men in Qatar jail:

The eight men, including decorated officers who commanded frontline warships in the Indian Navy, were doomed to death by Qatar’s Court of First Instance on October 26. Both countries haven’t intimately spoken about the charges against the men but reports have suggested they were indicted of spying.

“There is currently a legal process ongoing in this delicate situation. As we’ve mentioned, an appeal has been filed in Qatar’s Court of Appeal, ” external affairs ministry prophet Arindam Bagchi told a regular media briefing.

Bagchi said he wasn’t apprehensive of any decision by the Court of Appeal. He continued, saying that India is expecting for a “positive outgrowth” and that the appeal procedure is under progress, but he did not elaborate.

According to him, we’re working with the Qatari authorities on the issue as well and will keep providing all available legal and consular support.

“I would once more advise everyone to refrain from taking on any business given the delicate nature of the case and the fact that the decision in the entire process has been made nonpublic by the Qatari side,” he added.

Prayers against verdicts of Qatar’s Court of First Instance can be filed in the Court of Appeal. After this, an appeal can be filed in the Court of Cassation, the loftiest court in the Qatari judicial system.

It’s thought that the Indian side is exploring various options to resolve the conflict. One option is working out an arrangement under an agreement inked by India and Qatar in 2015 for transfer of condemned captures so that they can complete their judgment in their home country. There’s also the possibility of approaching the International Court of Justice or soliciting the emir of Qatar for a amnesty. The families of the eight men have formerly filed a mercy solicitation.

Qatar’s sovereign generally issues absolutions for captures on the country’s National Day on December 18 and on the Eid carnivals.

The eight men were workers of a attachment of Oman- grounded Dahra Engineering & Security Services that handed training and other services to Qatar’s fortified forces and security agencies. The attachment was shut down in May. The men were believed to have been overseeing the induction of Italian- made runt covert submarines into the Qatari Navy.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar met the families of the men on October 30 and assured them the government will make all sweats to secure their release.

Asked about reports of Diwali being removed from the list of leaves of some Indian seminaries in Qatar, Bagchi said these institutions operate under original rules and regulations. The Indian delegacy may have representation in the operation of these seminaries though Bagchi said he wasn’t in a position to confirm if the matter would be taken up with Qatari authorities.


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