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Qatar Court Admits Appeal From Former Indian Navy Personnel | Explainer

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Qatar’s Court of First Instance is set to review the appeal lodged by India concerning the death penalty imposed on eight former Navy personnel. The court accepted the appeal document on Thursday, 23 November, and will now delve into the details before reaching a decision, as informed by sources closely associated with the families of the individuals. 

Appeals filed against death sentences handed down to Indian Navy veterans in  Qatar, says MEA

Source: The Print

These ex-Navy officers, previously employed by Dahra Global Technologies and Consultancy Services, received the death sentence more than a year after their arrest in August 2022. The families, working in collaboration with the Indian government, formally submitted the appeal on 16 November, and the court’s acceptance marks a pivotal step in the ongoing legal proceedings.

The Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, confirmed the submission of the appeal on Thursday, 16 November. Subsequently, during the hearing on 23 November, the court officially accepted the appeal document, prepared by a lawyer representing the families, supported by the Indian government. The court is now in the process of determining a date for the upcoming appeal hearing, the details of which will be updated as this story unfolds.

India files appeal against death penalty to 8 former Navy personnel in  Qatar -

Source: The Hindu

Sources close to the case shared their expectations for the next hearing with The Quint, anticipating more discussions and talks. While the possibility of a judgment being passed in the next hearing remains, it echoes the Court of First Instance’s swift decision in October. The individuals facing the death penalty are identified as Captain Navtej Singh Gill, Captain Birendra Kumar Verma, Captain Saurabh Vasisht, Commander Amit Nagpal, Commander Purnendu Tiwari, Commander Sugunakar Pakala, Commander Sanjeev Gupta, and Sailor Ragesh.

Following the imposition of the death sentence, families and former colleagues, including former Indian Navy officers, appealed to the Indian Prime Minister for intervention. Among those advocating for the cause is Meetu Bhargava, sister of Captain Purnendu. Additionally, former navy test pilot and columnist Commander (Retd) KP Sanjeev Kumar, who personally knew some of the officers, expressed his support in a blog post. He emphasized the exemplary character of these individuals and challenged anyone with information on their alleged misconduct to come forward.

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In his blog titled, “A coursemate’s plea to bring back naval veterans on death row in Qatar now,” Commander Kumar stated, “These are honest, above-board gentlemen who worked with the same zeal and commitment in Indian Navy service as in their selected fields post-retirement.” He added, “I challenge those who know them personally to publicly reveal to me a single act of indiscretion that even remotely points to suspicions of the nature they have been charged with.”

Moreover, concerns have been raised about the lack of transparency and due process in the case, undermining faith in legal systems globally. A petition has been initiated to draw attention to the issue, emphasizing the need for justice for these individuals who have served their country honorably. The petition underscores the gravity of the situation and calls for a thorough examination of the legal proceedings to ensure a fair and transparent resolution.

Death penalty looms over Indian 'spies' imprisoned in Qatar

Source: The Express Tribune

As the court in Qatar takes on the responsibility of reviewing the appeal, the international community watches closely, hoping for a just and equitable resolution to the case involving these former Navy personnel. The outcome of the appeal hearing will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications, not only for the individuals directly involved but also for the broader discourse on legal transparency and justice.

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