No, Qatar didn’t cancel the death penalty for 8 Indians. Next hearing is scheduled for today.

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Qatar announces cancellation of death sentence of 8 people: adds that India’s friendship is more important.

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Explanation

On October 26, 2023, a court in Qatar sentenced eight Indians, including seven retired naval officers and a sailor, to death. The Indian nationals, who were employed by the private company Al Dahra, were reportedly detained in August of last year in connection with a suspected case of espionage for watching an Israeli submarine program.

In this case, the circulating viral post claims that “Qatar announces cancellation of death sentence of 8 people.” The post further adds that ‘India’s friendship is more important along with an image of our PM Modi.’ You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

Following the October 2023 announcement by the Qatar Court of First Instance that eight former Indian Navy personnel would be executed for allegedly spying for Israel, the above post has gone viral on social media now.

We looked for official news reports confirming the revoking of the death sentence of eight Indians, who were allegedly accused of spying for Israel, to see if the Qatar Court had overturned the death sentence imposed on them. However, we were unable to locate any such reports. There would have been stories on numerous news websites if Qatar had overturned the execution sentences of the eight Indians.

A higher court in Qatar has already accepted the plea in an appeal against the death penalty. India has pledged to investigate all legal options in the case and has called the ruling “deeply shocking.”

Earlier the case’s hearing took place on December 1, 2023, and it is scheduled for another hearing on December 7, 2023.

Further investigation led us to an article in the Hindustan Times dated December 1, 2023, quoting Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar as saying that the Indian government is doing everything possible to ensure the return of former Indian Navy personnel who have been sentenced to death in Qatar.

The aforementioned details make it clear that the viral allegations are untrue, and the case’s next hearing is scheduled for today (December 7).

Conclusion:

So, we conclude that the widely circulated rumor that Qatar declared the eight Indians’ death sentences were revoked is untrue. The case is scheduled for hearing again on December 7.

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