In what can be seen as a major diplomatic victory for India, a court in Doha freed eight Indian Navy veterans who were sentenced to death in Qatar. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said on Monday that of the eight Indian nationals, seven have already returned to India. The death sentence was commuted to a long prison sentence following diplomatic intervention by New Delhi.
On February 12, the Union government issued an official statement welcoming the decision to release the veteran officers, saying: “The Government of India welcomes the release of eight Indian nationals who were working for the company Dahra Global and who They were arrested in Qatar. Seven of the eight have returned to India. “We appreciate the decision of the Emir of the State of Qatar to allow the release and return home of these citizens.”