Death penalty to five Indians; India reacts

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India said on Thursday that they were in touch with Sri Lanka regarding the death penalty to five India fishermen and maintained that they were innocent.

 

Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter: “Following judgement against five fishermen by lower court in Sri Lanka, India once again takes up matter of their innocence with Sri Lanka.”

 

He also wrote: “India-Sri Lanka in constant touch in aftermath of judgement against five Indian fishermen by lower court in Sri Lanka.”

 

Five Indian fishermen were given death penalty by a Sri Lankan court today for alleged drug trafficking, prompting a response from India that it will appeal to a higher court against the judgement.

 

The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of smuggling of drugs, official sources said.

 

The five Indians are among a group of eight people sentenced to death by the high court in Colombo. They had been arrested on a boat in the seas off northern Jaffna's Delft islet.

 

The High Court judge Preethi Padman Surasena passed judgement on the five Indians and three Sri Lankans for involvement in heroin trafficking between India and Sri Lanka in 2011.

 

However, the Indian government, which has been pursuing their case for the last four years, maintains that it has done due diligence and found them to be innocent.

 

The issue of fishermen is a very emotive matter for both Sri Lanka and India, where Tamil Nadu-based parties including AIADMK and DMK have been regularly pressing the Centre to take up the matter with the Lankan authorities seriously and have often resented high-profile visits from the island nation. (Source: zeenews)

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  • jan Chandra Friday, 31 October 2014 10:12 AM

    If India claims the perpetrators are innocent they should launch an appeal against the sentence.

    Rohana Friday, 31 October 2014 11:11 AM

    Tell it to your people who accuse Modi for Gujarat riots. He is proven innocent in court and your(muslim) people across the world then making intrusion to the sovereignty of India.

    Lakshitha Friday, 31 October 2014 11:15 AM

    So you are saying that being the neighbour, Indians gets to do what they want? I thought it was India who voted against us in the UNHRC saying we should implement an independent judicial order in the country and now look who is interfering the independence of the court? Double standards it is called...

    funny lanka Saturday, 01 November 2014 05:52 PM

    BIG fish got enouugh money to pay off and escape from the punishment..but poorer always get caught and punished...what a wonderful paradise in asia

    tharaka Friday, 31 October 2014 02:42 PM

    best thing to send them to indiean court with SL judgement and try them also in there courts..........

    Gramasevaka Friday, 31 October 2014 04:05 PM

    What about the big time drug dealers in the country? Why no justice against the "untouchables"

    Galaboda Friday, 31 October 2014 05:28 PM

    Bring the big drug dealers in our parliament before the courts and talk about the innocent Indians .

    rolland Friday, 31 October 2014 06:52 PM

    Sir: Recently two sizable quantities of drugs concealed in merchandise containers were seized by Sri Lanka Customs. Why were not the Sri Lankan reciepients of tried and sentenced to death?

    Sammy Friday, 31 October 2014 08:06 PM

    Small fries get caught while the big fish escape.

    rohan Friday, 31 October 2014 02:41 AM

    if they got caught with drugs how could they be innocent sri Lanka should send a strong message. via DM Android App

    A.C.M.Inayathullah Friday, 31 October 2014 05:39 AM

    This is a typical intrusion of a foreign body into the Judicial order of a country. When the innocency of fishermen are proved otherwise by a judicial authority of the country, who dares to declare their innocency nothing but a person who speaks on behalf of his agency.In the meantime there are procedures to appeal against the judgement, yet to declare publicly the so called innocency by a man against the judgment is noting but intrusion to the soverignity of the country. Sri Lanka should take this very seriously.

    A.C.M.Inayathullah Friday, 31 October 2014 05:39 AM

    This is a typical intrusion of a foreign body into the Judicial order of a country. When the innocency of fishermen are proved otherwise by a judicial authority of the country, who dares to declare their innocency nothing but a person who speaks on behalf of his agency.In the meantime there are procedures to appeal against the judgement, yet to declare publicly the so called innocency by a man against the judgment is noting but intrusion to the soverignity of the country. Sri Lanka should take this very seriously.

    kaiyoom Friday, 31 October 2014 06:23 AM

    Srilanka is buying problem with nabour


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