Indian fishermen released: Won’t serve sentence in India

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The Indian High Commission said the five Indian fishermen who were sentenced to death on drug trafficking charges were today released by Sri Lankan authorities and would not serve their sentence in India.

 

The High Commission said it was in the process of working out the exact modalities of their release.

 

“Yes they have been released and handed over to the High Commission. They will be sent to India and will not serve their sentence there. We are currently working on the modalities of the release” a high commission spokesperson told Daily Mirror.

 

The five fishermen from Tamil Nadu and three from Sri Lanka were found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death.

 

The fishermen were released by President Mahinda Rajapaksa using the powers vested in him through the Constitution.

 

Emerson, P Augustus, R Wilson, K Prasath and J Langlet, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 and were sentenced to death by the Colombo high court on October 30 this year for alleged drug trafficking.

 

The court ruling had triggered fiery protests in parts of Tamil Nadu and sporadic violence broke out in and around Rameswaram Island. (Hafeel Farisz)

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  • kkudaya Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:35 PM

    Shame on you India! atleast you could have insisted that these drug traffickers serve their sentences in India. It shows how scant respect there is for Law and Order. Both Countries

    azj Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:51 AM

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    John Black Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:40 AM

    As usual the President lets off drug runners scot free.

    ann Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:27 AM

    What about the Sri Lankan who got the death sentence with them?

    Super Spuperjan Wednesday, 19 November 2014 05:19 PM

    Our President is once again showing his power. As we all know he is above the law. If the Court convict these people they should serve the sentence.

    Super Spuperjan Wednesday, 19 November 2014 05:20 PM

    Our President is once again showing his power. As we all know he is above the law. If the Court convict these people they should serve the sentence.

    Suny J Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:33 AM

    what happened to the law of this country......?????

    chux Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:11 PM

    This election is purely for the benefit of Rajapaksha family.Not for the innocent poor people of this country.Pls do not get caught again....what a waste of public funds...

    Suq madique Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:34 AM

    More like showing his stupidity and fear of India.

    ABC Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:10 PM

    Why dilont release all drug dealers and trafickers Can get their votes for 3rd round of excellency via DM Android App

    Cobra Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:13 PM

    It would have been the same if they were here!

    mack Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:41 AM

    framing and blackmailing is a weapon used by this government via DM Android App

    Sugath Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:57 AM

    This is not the first time he and the Prime Minister has released drug traffickers. So it is, so easy to have a net work for drug traffickers fromSri Lanka as their transit. Time to come we will have drug traffickers operating from Parliament as well.


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