Indian envoy meets Navy veterans who are on death row in Qatar

India’s envoy to Qatar met the eight ex-Navy personnel on Sunday, the government said this afternoon. The eight Navy veterans are sentenced to death in October for unknown reasons.

Arindam Bagchi said, External Affairs spokesperson “Our Ambassador got consular access to meet all eight in prison on December 3.” As India has appealed against the death sentence, Mr Bagchi stated, “There have been two hearings so far (these were held on November 23 and November 30). We are closely following the matter and extending all legal and consular assistance. This is a sensitive issue, but we will do whatever we can.”
NDTV has learnt that the next hearing is expected somewhere soon. The following ambassador’s meeting with the sailors has been taken to be a positive step which addresses concerns over diplomatic access to the eight naval personnel that seems to improve by some degree.

The news meeting the detained navy veterans who were arrested in August last year by that country’s intelligence agency, allegedly for spying is being linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar ruler in CoP28 summit in Dubai.

“You would have seen (that) Prime Minister Modi meet Sheikh Tamim nin Hamad, the Emir of Qatar in Dubai on the side-lines of (the) CoP28 (summit). They had a good conversation on the overall bilateral relationship as well as the well-being of the Indian community…” Mr Bagchi added.

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