Danish citizen Kim Davy, who allegedly confessed to having masterminded the December 1995 Purulia arms drop conspiracy before a Danish high court, has tried to evade extradition to India by exploiting a seeming crack in the Danish extradition laws.
They permit extradition of Danes on terror charges, including those related to trafficking of explosives, but not gun-running.
Davy's confession before the Danish court came with a rider-— he denied any knowledge about the existence of around 210 pieces of explosive-based weapons, including 100 anti-tank grenades and 10 Rocket Propelled Grenades.
Davy allegedly blamed convicted co-conspirator, British national Peter Bleach — who spent eight years in jails in West Bengal before getting a presidential pardon in 2004 — for the purchase and drop of these weapons, said a CBI source.
The explosive-based weapons were part of the cache of arms and ammunitions dropped by him on the night of December 17/18 off his AN 26 aircraft in West Bengal's Purulia district. "Under the Danish laws, extradition of a Danish national is only permitted in cases of terrorism — including supply of explosives or explosive-based weapons as per an United Nations (UN) Convention — of which that country is a signatory. Danish laws don't permit an extradition request in cases of gunrunning," said the source.
The source said, "The Danish extradition law is based on a UN treaty signed by Denmark, International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, which takes "acts of terror, including usage or trafficking of explosives very seriously since the 9/11 terror attacks in the US." "Davy refused to take responsibility for the dropped explosive-based weapons, while owning up for its 300 AK 47s and other articles as a last gasp tactic to avoid extradition," he added.
His stand is he was a gunrunner and not a terrorist. "While Davy blamed Bleach for the explosive-based weapons, the latter denied having anything to do with them in the court. The prosecutor told the court that it cannot be that these weapons got onboard the aircraft on its own," said the source.