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Dal Khalsa seeks EU intervention on suspected execution of Prof. Bhullar

May 26, 2013 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (May 26, 2013): As per information Sikh organization Dal Khalsa has sent a memorandum to the European Union for intervention in the case of Sikh political prisoner Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, who faces threat of immediate execution in India.

Prof. Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar

“We seek the active intervention of the European Union in exerting diplomatic pressure and raising humanitarian concerns to stop the execution of death sentence of Professor Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who is on death row and whose sentence has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of India in April, despite original conviction based on confession before police, no corroboration of evidence of any kind, split judgment of the Supreme Court in upholding the sentence of capital punishment, inordinate delay in carrying out the sentence as well as ignoring the mental status of the accused,” said the memo sent by Dal Khalsa president HS Dhami to the New Delhi based EU ambassador.

“As India pursues double standards in handling cases involving death penalty, the European Union has a special role to play. On the one hand India promises European country Portugal (in the case of Abu Salem) and Italy (in the recent case of two Italian marines) that Indian courts would not hand over death sentence even if the said accused in respective cases are found guilty of culpable homicide, whereas in the case of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who has been deported from the European country Germany, India is steadfastly ignoring requests from German government’s leadership at the highest level to relieve Bhullar from death penalty on humanitarian grounds. It is pertinent to mention here that, in 1997, a Frankfurt court termed the deportation of Bhullar illegal under German law, which prohibited deportation of someone facing death penalty in the recipient country,” the memo further pointed out.

“The European Union needs to intervene effectively so that India does not dither on its international commitment when everyone fears that India is likely to start a string of executions as a matter of political correctness or simply to assert its authority,” it said further. “The European Union may become guilt-ridden for not being able to stop the execution of a person declared totally innocent by one of the three judges of the Supreme Court adjudicating in his case,” it added.

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