SL downplays India’s concern

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Sri Lanka on Friday downplayed India's concerns over the death sentences given to five Indian fishermen for alleged drug trafficking, saying India is ‘clearly aware’ of legal systems in Sri Lanka.

Responding to a question, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said India understands Sri Lanka's prevalent laws.

He said India's concerns raised on yesterday's verdict should not present Sri Lanka with any problems.

The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of smuggling of drugs in the seas off northern Jaffna's Delft islet.

"India is clearly aware of another country's legal systems, treaties signed, convicts exchange agreements," Rambukwella said adding that Sri Lanka need not make any interpretation of Indian concerns.

Rambukwella was asked about Sri Lankan government's reaction to India's reported bid to appeal against the Sri Lankan High Court death sentence against the Indian fishermen.

The Indian government through its High Commission in Colombo and the Consulate General of India in Jaffna has been extending all possible consular assistance to them, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin said.

"Government of India is fully committed to continue providing all assistance to the Indian fishermen. The lawyers of the Indian fishermen will file an appeal to the next court of appeal within the prescribed 14 days," the spokesman said.

The court ruling had triggered violent protests in parts of Tamil Nadu yesterday. Sporadic violence broke out in and around Rameswaram island as a large number of people staged protests against the Sri Lankan court's verdict.(PTI)

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  • IBureau Sunday, 02 November 2014 08:36 AM

    The way Sri Lanka is going it seems SL does not want India to be a friend anymore. Starting with this and ending with giving a berth to chinese submarines, not once but twice. Good Bye SL, your times are in our hands now. Your Rajapaksa and gotabayas are gonna kiss a$$ very soon.

    Public Sunday, 02 November 2014 09:14 AM

    Sri Lanka has to impose maximum punishment to drug dealers, in the meantime the Police has yet failed to apprehend the importer of container load of Heroin and produce to the courts for the same maximum punishment.

    Suq Madique Saturday, 01 November 2014 07:35 AM

    The usual initial big-talk from Keheliya who will surely make a 360 turn in a couple of days

    CHANDRASOMA Saturday, 01 November 2014 08:51 AM

    So we have to pardon drug traffickers for the fear of protest in T nadu ?

    Sri Wickrema Saturday, 01 November 2014 09:40 AM

    Well said. Man fallen from balcony never will learn.

    Kathiran Friday, 31 October 2014 11:27 PM

    India Is a friendly country of Sri Lanka and has no more rights to interven in any légal systems of Sri Lanka.bEvery country has their own judiciary systems. On several Times Indians were punished with death sentence in Saudi Arabia and India was respectée the death sentence and the Saudi judiciary systems. So I dia has to respect Sri Lankan judiciary systems .

    rolland Sunday, 02 November 2014 06:12 AM

    Sir: Recently, two huge shipments of narcotics from Pakistan were discovered by Sri Lankan customs in containers labelled as merchandise. Why were not the local designed consignees tried, let alone sentenced to death? The government is following a double standard. The world is aware that under Rajapaksa any remnants of justice, fairness, accountability and rule of law in general have been dispensed withy.

    Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Friday, 31 October 2014 11:57 PM

    This is an issue of drug smuggling. It is using the avenue of Indian fishermen to enter Sri Lanka but it remains an issue of drugs and not the rights of Indian fishermen.

    truth Saturday, 01 November 2014 02:14 AM

    "India is ‘clearly aware’ of legal systems in Sri Lanka." What legal systems?The whole world knows that Sri Lanka has none!!


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