Qatar court scraps death penalty for Filipino convicted of spying

An espionage conviction against three Filipino men was upheld by Qatar’s Court of Appeals this morning despite a defense lawyer’s argument that there was no evidence that the men were spies.

However, a judge reduced their sentences following the year-long appeal hearing.

One man initially facing death was given a life sentence in prison, which in Qatar means a 25-year jail term. His two co-defendants had their prison sentences reduced from life to 15 years.

The judge did not articulate the reasons for his decision when reading out the verdict.
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Source News: Doha News
Photo: Shabina S. Khatri