Qatar Sentences 8 Panjeet Ex-Navy Officer To Death For Spying For Israel

Qatar has sentenced to death eight Indian former naval officers, reportedly for spying for Israel.

The verdict comes as in delicate talks between Israel and Hamas to free civilian hostages held in Gaza.

India’s government said that “all legal options were being explored” after expressing “deep shock” at Thursday’s verdict.

The men were found guilty of spying on the Gulf state’s submarine programme for Israel after being arrested in August last year, The Times of Israel and Financial Times reported.

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The retired Indian navy officers, some of whom commanded warships during their careers, were working for a consulting company advising Qatar on submarine acquisition, according to reports in India.

The Telegraph has asked Qatar to confirm the reported Israel espionage but the state has made no formal comment.

Doha, which Israel has praised for its mediation efforts, is negotiating to free some 222 people taken hostage by Hamas in the attack on southern Israel that killed 1,400 people.

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