29 Oct Qatar: Eight Indians sentenced to death in Qatar on charges of spying for Israel
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Eight Indians sentenced to death in Qatar for spying for Israel
A court in Qatar on Thursday sentenced eight former Indian naval officers to death on charges of spying for Israel.
Neither New Delhi nor Doha have officially announced charges against the eight people arrested in August 2022, but two sources in India and Qatar disclosed this to Reuters.
According to reports, government officials briefed on Doha’s position said that Qatari authorities have accused Doha of spying for Israel.
Officials briefed on the case said the eight Indians may appeal their death sentences and also said they were charged with spying for Israel.
Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the case.
An Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the sources’ comments, and there was no immediate response from the Qatari Foreign Ministry.
Similarly, there was no immediate reaction from the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, which oversees Israel’s intelligence services.
The ruling comes after Doha negotiated with the Palestinian militant group Hamas over the release of more than 200 hostages captured in the October 7 mass shooting in the Gaza Strip. It was issued while trying.
The case of eight Indian nationals working with private companies on a submarine project run by Qatari authorities could also become a diplomatic issue for New Delhi, which relies heavily on Qatar for its natural gas needs.
The Indian government on Thursday said it was “deeply shocked” by the Qatari Court of First Instance’s decision to sentence eight Indian nationals to death, adding that it was “considering all legal options.”
New Delhi had said that it always attaches “high importance to this case” and will “take up the verdict with Qatari authorities”.