NEW DELHI: In a dramatic development, the government of Qatar has released all the eight former naval officials of India who were sentenced to death for spying in the Gulf country.
The announcement came here when the Modi regime said seven of the officials had returned home after their release which was made possible due to intense negotiations with the authorities in Qatar.
The Indian former naval officials were convicted for spying for Israel while working with a company in Qatar 18 months ago.
The government of India had confirmed the reports but said they were waiting for the details of the verdict. A statement issued by the Indian government said that the former naval officials were working with a company in Qatar.
The government of India had earlier said that it was in shock over the verdict but due to its sensitivity more details could not be shared with the media.
The former Indian naval officials included Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Birendra Kumar Verma, Saurabh Vasisht, Commander Amit Nagpal, Purnendu Tiwari, Sugunakar Pakala, Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Rajesh.
The eight former Indian naval officials were arrested in 2022 on the charge of spying for Israel while working with a company in Qatar. They were accused of providing the details of the purchase of a submarine manufactured in Italy for Qatar.