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‘Sarabjit case may be a mistake’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 05, 2008
First Published: 02:03 IST(5/4/2008) | Last Updated: 09:37 IST(5/4/2008)
Sarabjit Singh’s case appears to be one of mistaken identity, said former Pakistani minister and UN Human Rights Council advisory committee member Ansar Burney.

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“Prima facie, his (Sarabjit’s) case appears to be that of mistaken identity but it will take some time to establish this. I will have to deeply look into the evidence provided by Sarabjit’s family members to me,” he said.

“I had to face a lot after the release of Kashmir Singh, another Indian prisoner, following his comment that he was a spy. This time, till it is not established I would not comment on prime facie evidence,” said Burney.

He was in the city to meet the chairperson and members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission. “But, it will take some time to establish this. I will have to deeply look into the evidence provided by Sarabjit’s family members to me.”

Burney has got “evidence” like a video CD and copy of an FIR from the family.

He had said on Thursday that he would soon take up the issue of Sarabjit’s release with the newly formed government in Pakistan.

Burney said if an iota of doubt comes in a case of death penalty, the award must be commuted. “I will have to cross check under what circumstances Sarabjit admitted in the court in Pakistan that he is involved in bomb blasts,” he said.

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