By Staff writer
Two Indian expats were convicted of murdering an elderly Qatari woman in 2012
The Indian government is to file a mercy petition on behalf of the families of two expats sentenced to death in Qatar this month, according to comments from India’s external affairs minister.
Alagappa Subramanian and Chelladurai Perumal were accused of killing an elderly Qatari woman in the New Salata area of Doha in 2012.
Qatar’s Court of Cassation handed down death sentences to each of the convicts and a life imprisonment to a third convict, Shivakumar Arasan.
All three are Indian expats from Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India.
In a series of tweets, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the Indian Embassy in Doha has asked the government of Tamil Nadu for help in filing a mercy plea.
She wrote: “I have received report from Qatar reg death sentence for Alagappa Subramaniam and Chelladurai Perumal both from Tamil Nadu @IndEmbDoha.
“We have to file mercy petition on behalf of their family members. Our Embassy has requested Govt [sic] of Tamil Nadu in this regard.”
Indian news agency IANS quoted Vikas Swarup, India’s external affairs ministry spokesman, as adding: “We had filed a case in respect of all three because we believe that the penalty is too harsh.
“Our embassy in Qatar continues to closely monitor this case in association with the lawyer who has been appointed for all three accused.”