President Rajapaksa ‘ready to pardon’ Indian fishermen on one condition – Report

President Rajapaksa ‘ready to pardon’ Indian fishermen on one condition – Report

President Rajapaksa ‘ready to pardon’ Indian fishermen on one condition – Report

Written by News 1st

12 Nov, 2014 | 1:24 pm

Indian newspaper The Hindu, citing Sri Lankan Minister Prabha Ganesan, reports that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is ready to pardon the five Indian fishermen sentenced to death in Sri Lanka, but only if the Indian High Commission in Colombo does not proceed with an appeal against the sentence, as that could “drag the case up to six months.”

MP Ganesan said the President Rajapaksa wanted him to convey this decision to the High Commission. The Hindu notes that when they contacted officials at the High Commission, they said they would decide the next step on Wednesday.

The sudden development came on a day when an appeal was filed against the death sentence in the Colombo High Court.

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