— By AGENCIES | Nov 09, 2014 12:14 pm
Colombo: India is reportedly preparing to file an appeal before Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on November 10 challenging the death sentences handed out to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Colombo High Court on charges of drugs smuggling. “Steps to file an appeal on November 10 against death sentences to five innocent Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court are being made on a war footing,” the Tamil Nadu Government said in a release.
The release said that on the orders of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the Indian High Commission in Colombo has hired the best legal experts in the island-nation to appear on behalf of the “five innocent Tamil Nadu fishermen and the Tamil Nadu government has sent Rs 20 lakh to meet the legal expenses for filing the appeal.
As part of efforts to file an appeal, a copy of the October 30 judgment of the Colombo High Court has been procured. The Colombo High Court had on October 30th sentenced the five Indian fishermen – P Emerson, P Augustus, R Wilson, K Prasath, and J Lanklet – along with three Sri Lankans to death on charges of smuggling 995 grams of heroin. They were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for heroin trafficking in 2011. The Indian fishermen claim that they have been falsely implicated in the case on ‘fabricated evidence’.
Source: http://www.freepressjournal.in/india-likely-to-file-appeal-against-colombo-hcs-death-sentence-to-five-fishermen-on-monday/ [last accessed 06.02.2015]