SL fishermen will remain on death row: Ministry

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The three Sri Lankan fishermen sentenced to death after they were found guilty of drug-trafficking charges will continue to remain on death row, despite the release of the five Indian fishermen, the Justice Ministry said yesterday.

 

Ministry Secretary Kamalini De Silva told Daily Mirror online that the local fishermen would serve their sentences in keeping with Sri Lankan laws
Five fishermen from Tamil Nadu and three from Sri Lanka were arrested on November 2011 while transporting heroin from India and were sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court on October 30, 2014.

 

 

However, the Indian Government had repeatedly pressured the Sri Lankan authorities urging that the five Indian fishermen by released.

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa using the powers vested in him ordered the release of the five Tamil Nadu fishermen on Wednesday.

 

 

They were handed over to the Indian High Commission to be sent back to India.

 

The Indian media reported that the freed fishermen would not serve any jail term in India.

 

Meanwhile, Jaffna residents held a huge protest rally yesterday calling for the release of the three Sri Lankan fishermen. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Saskia Friday, 21 November 2014 01:15 PM

    Very simple. Send those people back to Orissa where they come from.

    p nonis Sunday, 23 November 2014 09:40 AM

    Is this justice?The Sri-lankan president pardons Indian fishermen and punishes sri-lankan fishermen.who is this president representing the indian fishermen

    Suq Madique Friday, 21 November 2014 08:33 AM

    Can we please send them also to India to be free men?

    Dr.Raghav Sharma Friday, 21 November 2014 01:48 PM

    Such attitude based on partiality will build up the hatred among the various communities of the island nation.

    UB Friday, 21 November 2014 09:47 AM

    Will Sri lankans get such a pardon from India ?

    banda Friday, 21 November 2014 09:49 AM

    Now they can restart their drug business without fear.

    sukirichuti Friday, 21 November 2014 11:34 AM

    How unreasonable is this. The Sri Lankans have no mercy while the Indians have been released. This is absurd. Where is justice?

    Nandi Weera Friday, 21 November 2014 11:53 AM

    Unlucky Sri Lankans forced to release convicted Indian Drug Dealers. Why this poor nation not release all the overseas criminals in its jails to have good diplomacy?

    mawella Friday, 21 November 2014 12:17 PM

    Presidents action is clearly a misuse of power vested to him, and also bad precedence against Narcotic smuggling in all over he world. One rule for Indians and another for Sri Lanka. This a clear cut situation why people agitate to abolish Executive Presidency

    kumar Friday, 21 November 2014 12:25 PM

    Before that, you guys should decide about the place where to send the big drug dealers in the Government.


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