Sri Lanka downplays India’s concerns on death sentences to fishermen

sri_4Protests continue in Tamil Nadu over death sentence to 5 fishermen

Pro-Tamil groups tried to lay a siege to the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai, but police foiled their attempt. Around 200 activists were detained, police said. The angry protestors burnt effigies of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, condemning the death penalty to the fishermen hailing from the state. Protests were also held outside the office of Sri Lankan Airways here.

Small political outfits burned effigies of Rajapaksa and Sri Lankan national flags in Kumbakonam and Tuticorin respectively, police said. Advocates boycotted court proceedings in Kumbakonam…….……READ ALL

Sri Lanka downplays India’s concerns on death sentences to fishermen

Sri Lanka on Friday downplayed India’s concerns over the death sentences handed down to five Indian fishermen for alleged drug trafficking, saying India is “clearly aware” of legal systems in the country. Responding to a question, Keheliya Rambukwella, Sri Lankan Minister for Information, said India understands Sri Lanka’s prevalent laws………...  READ ALL 

Subramanian Swamy urges PM Narendra Modi to bring back Indian fishermen on Lanka death row

n a letter to Modi, Swamy said India had signed a treaty on transfer of sentenced prisoners with Sri Lanka and invoking its provisions, the five fishermen could be brought back and allowed to stay in a prison in India pending their appeal.

He said, as per provisions of the treaty, the fishermen could be allowed to seek “legal remedies” in Indian courts. The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri Lankan Navy and are among a group of eight people sentenced to death by the high court in Colombo for alleged drug trafficking………………...  READ ALL