Another Labour MP asks for Pamma’s return to the UK

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2016 09:33 IST
British MP, Rob Marris (Photo courtesy-Twitter)

After British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, another British MP, Rob Marris, who chairs All Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs, has sought intervention of David Lidington, minister of state for Europe, in getting back fugitive Khalistani terrorist Paramjit Singh alias Pamma to the United Kingdom.

In his letter on Friday, Marris apprised Lidington of the recent orders of the Portuguese court that extended Pamma’s detention till February 16 in view of the pending decision of Portuguese minister of justice.

He asked the minister to intervene and urge the political authorities in Portugal to facilitate Pamma’s early return to the UK.

In his letter, he mentioned that the Indian government was trying to use a “back door” route to seek his return to their jurisdiction.

The British government granted him asylum as it was accepted that he had a well-founded fear of persecution were he to return to India.

“In a situation such as this, the individual UK resident should be returned from the other European Union country (Portugal) back to the United Kingdom, and then the Indian authorities should make its case by applying to the English courts for extradition.”

The Portuguese minister for justice, it is learnt, has nearly three weeks to decide whether the extradition proceedings against Pamma should start before the Portuguese court or the evidence presented by the Indian authorities is not sufficient to continue with the proceedings.

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