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Sri Lanka gives death sentence to 5 Indian fishermen

India Blooms News Service | | 30 Oct 2014, 06:21 pm
Chennai, Oct 30 (IBNS): The Sri Lankan government on Thursday gave death sentence to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in connection with an alleged drugs trafficking case.
The fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in 2011 on charges of smuggling of drugs, media reports said.
 
They were given a time period till Nov 14 to appeal at the Sri Lankan Supreme Court.
 
The five Indians are among a group of eight people sentenced to death by the high court in Colombo. 
 
They were arrested on a boat in the seas off northern Jaffna's Delft islet.
 
Reacting to the punishment, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akhbaruddin tweeted: "India's High Commission in Colombo will through lawyer appeal to higher Court against judgement by lower Court on 5 Indian fishermen."
 
According to the Indian government, the fishermen are innocent and as a result it has been pursuing their case for the last four years with the government of Sri Lanka.