Qatar-India agreement for prisoners’ transfer gets approval

This post was originally published on 8 October 2015.

Qatar’s Cabinet on Wednesday took the necessary steps to endorse six agreements, including one on the transfer of sentenced prisoners, that were signed during HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s visit to India in March this year.

Indian prisoners can be sent to their home country

Under the agreement on extradition of convicts, Indian nationals sentenced in Qatar can be sent to their home country to serve the remaining part of their jail term. Similarly, Qatari citizens convicted in India can be brought to Qatar to serve their sentence.

According to an official statement released on the occasion of the signing of the agreement, this deal would enable the sentenced people to be near their families and would help in their social rehabilitation.

Other Indo-Qatar agreements

The official Qatar News Agency (QNA), quoting HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud said the other pacts endorsed included a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ictQatar and India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and an MoU for co-operation in broadcasting and television services.

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It also endorsed an MoU for co-operation in the field of diplomatic training between the Diplomatic Institute at Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute of Foreign Service at India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Besides, the Cabinet endorsed an MoU on scientific and technological co-operation between Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority and the Earth System Science Organisation at India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences, as well as an agreement on co-operation and news exchange between QNA and United News of India.

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