Qatar frees eight Indians arrested in 2022 – India government

By Thomson Reuters Feb 11, 2024 | 7:28 PM

(Reuters) – Qatar has released eight Indian ex-naval officers after dropping death sentences imposed on them last year, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The eight men, who were condemned to death in October, had been accused of spying for Israel, according to sources, though India and Qatar did not confirm the charges.

“We appreciate the decision by the Amir of the State of Qatar to enable the release and home-coming of these nationals,” the ministry said, adding that seven out of the eight have returned to India.

The eight Indian nationals, who were working on a submarine project with a private company for the Qatari authorities, were arrested in 2022.

More than 800,000 Indian citizens live and work in Qatar, which is also a significant provider of natural gas for India.

(Reporting by Shivani Tanna in Bengaluru; Editing by Sonali Paul)