QATAR DROP DEATH PENALTY (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – IR)

News-CRUX-10     29th December 2023        
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Context: A Qatar court has dropped the death sentence imposed on eight Indian former naval officers arrested there last year.


Background

  • Case: The accused individuals, employed by Al Dahra in Doha, were arrested in 2022 in Qatar, allegedly for breaching sensitive secrets.
  • Accusations and Secrecy: While working for Al Dahra, the eight Indian nationals faced accusations of breaching sensitive secrets.
  • India's Strong Reaction: India has expressed profound shock and concern over the death sentences imposed on its citizens, actively exploring all available legal options to secure their release. 

oThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) emphasizes the high importance attached to the case and reaffirms its commitment to providing consular and legal assistance to the detained individuals.


Qatar

  • Located: in the Western Asia, on the Northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Bounded by:  Saudi Arabia in the south, rest of three sides; it is surrounded by the Persian Gulf.
  • A strait of the Persian Gulf: Divides Qatar from its nearby island nation of Bahrain.
  • Capital: Doha.



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