Government supports prisoner exchange agreement with India

The appeal hearing of 14 Estonian ship guards arrested and sentenced to prison in India has been postponed three times. (Postimees/Scanpix)
7/7/2016 2:29 PM
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The government supported a bilateral agreement between India and Estonia on Thursday that will allow for the exchange of individuals with prison sentences in order to allow them to serve their sentence in their home country.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand (independent) said that such an exchange could only happen if the convicted individual and both the initial and receiving countries agreed to it. “Also, a court decision has to have entered into force concerning the convicted individual,” Kaljurand added.

According to the agreement, the transferred convicts have to serve their sentence in their home country, although the latter is entitled to clemency, amnesty, or proceedings to revise the sentence in question in accordance with the home country’s constitution.

Kaljurand expressed hope that India would ratify the agreement as soon as possible. After that, the agreement could then be signed at the first possible opportunity.

The minister also raised the subject on a call with her Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, who according to Kaljurand promised to help along and see to it that the agreement could be signed soon and enter into force.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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