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Indian Envoy Met Navy Veterans On Death Row In Qatar, Govt Providing Legal Assistance: MEA

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New Delhi: The Indian envoy met eight Navy veterans facing death row in Qatar on December 3, with the Indian government actively monitoring the situation and providing comprehensive legal and consular support, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday.

Arindam Bagchi added that there have been two hearings in the case of the eight Indians, who were sentenced to death by Qatar’s Court of First Instance on October 26. An appeal against the death sentence has already been filed.

Following the ruling, India expressed deep shock and committed to exploring all available legal avenues in response to the severe sentence imposed on the Navy veterans.

“There have been 2 hearings. We filed an appeal, from the families, and the detainees had a final appeal. 2 hearings have since been held. We are closely following the matter and extending all legal and consular assistance. Meanwhile, our ambassador got consular access to meet all 8 of them in prison on 3rd December,” Bagchi said during a press briefing.

“This is a sensitive issue, but we will continue to follow and whatever we can share, we will do so,” he added.

The MEA spokesperson also added that during COP28 in Dubai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, and had a good conversation, highlighting the positive nature of the bilateral relationship.

The Ministry of External Affairs added that it is attaching “high importance” to the case and affirmed its commitment to examining all available legal options.

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