Qatar grants amnesty to 17 Nepali prisoners

COVID-19, #coronavirus

KATHMANDU, April 23: As many as 17 Nepalis jailed in Qatar has been granted amnesty on Thursday.

Emir Shiekh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar announced amnesty to some prisoners in the country keeping in attention the COVID-19 pandemic and their health condition and on humanitarian ground, Embassy of Nepal in Doha shared the information on its Facebook page.

“Among them are 17 Nepali nationals serving jail sentence on offenses including drug abuse, theft, fraud and dealing in banned goods including alcohol,” the embassy added.

Of them, 13 were imprisoned on charge of selling drugs, two on charge of theft, one on charge of selling alcohol and one charge of fraud, according to the embassy.

Qatar has reported 7,764 cases and 10 deaths so far.


Following the announcement, Prime Minister K P Sharma telephoned his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz al-Thani and thanked him for releasing Nepali prisoners.

“I held a telephone conservation with the Prime Minister of Qatar today. I expressed my concern about the Nepalis in Qatar. He told me not to worry about the safety and well-being of the Nepalis there. On the occasion, I extended my gratitude towards him for releasing the 17 Nepalis,” the prime minister wrote on twitter.

Qatari PM also lauded the hard work and honesty of Nepali workers and assured Qatari government’s support and cooperation to the Nepalis, according to the PM Oli.