Qatar has freed 8 retired Indian navy officers whose decease sentences for alleged spying were commuted past year, India’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
The 8 men were accused of spying while moving astatine Al Dahra, a consulting institution successful nan oil-rich Gulf authorities that advises nan Qatari authorities connected submarine acquisitions. They were imprisoned successful 2022 and handed decease sentences successful October that were reduced to situation sentences aft India said it was exploring legal options and revenge an appeal.
"We admit nan determination by nan Amir of nan State of Qatar to alteration nan merchandise and homecoming of these nationals," nan ministry said successful a statement, adding that 7 of nan men had returned to India.
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Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said nan 2 governments were moving connected nan return of nan eighth retired officer.
The news came aft Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Qatar's Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani connected nan sidelines of nan COP28 ambiance talks successful Dubai successful December. It was unclear whether nan 2 leaders discussed nan case.
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Millions of Indians unrecorded and activity successful nan Gulf, a ample number of them arsenic semi-skilled aliases unskilled workers. They represent an important root of income for India and lend to nan occurrence of Gulf economies.