Cong Joins Entire Nation in Relief, Happiness: Ramesh on Qatar Releasing Ex-Navy Personnel

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By PTI

Published : Feb 12, 2024, 10:49 AM IST

Updated : Feb 12, 2024, 11:20 AM IST

Indian navy officials return to India ( File Photo)

The Indian National Congress has joined the nation in rejoicing the safe return of the Indian Navy personnel from Qatar after their close stint with the death sentence handed to them, linked to suspected espionage. Cong gen Sec Jairam Ramesh took to X to acknowledge the opposition joining in the celebrations of the veteran's return that was procured after intense deliberation and a major diplomatic win by the Ministry of External Affairs, India.

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday expressed relief and happiness at Qatar releasing eight former Indian naval personnel nearly three and a half months after they were handed down death sentences, and it greeted them and their families. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said seven of them have returned to India. It said India appreciates the decision by the Amir of Qatar to enable the release and home-coming of the Indians.

The Navy veterans were on October 26 last year given death sentences by Qatar's Court of First Instance in a case of suspected espionage. In a post on 'X', Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, "The Indian National Congress joins the entire nation in its relief and happiness that the eight former Indian Navy personnel earlier sentenced to death by a court in Qatar have been released and are back home."

"It sends its greetings and good wishes to them and their families," he said. The Court of Appeal in the Gulf nation on December 28 last year commuted the capital punishment of the eight Navy veterans and sentenced them to jail terms for varying duration. The Indian nationals, who worked with the private company Al Dahra, were arrested in August 2022. Neither the Qatari authorities nor New Delhi made the charges against them public.

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