Qatar Court Drops Death Penalty For 8 Indians

Syllabus: GS-III;

Subject: Security;

Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

Context: In a first but important step in bringing relief to the families of Eight Former Indian Navy personnel on death row in Qatar, the appellate court there commuted the death sentence Thursday.


  • Qatar Court has commuted death sentences for eight former Indian Navy personnel October 26.
  • Now Reduction of death sentences has been confirmed by India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • All the eight former navy personnel were employed by Dahra Global and arrested in August 2022 on undisclosed charges, reportedly related to espionage for Israel.
  • Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with Qatar’s Emir in December was crucial in securing consular access and the reduction of sentences.
  • Detailed court order is awaited; MEA in close contact with legal teams and families to decide on next steps.
  • The case triggered diplomatic efforts, with India expressing deep concern and providing consular assistance.
  • Seen as a legal victory for India after almost a year and a half since the arrest of the personnel.
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