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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cabinet okays transfer of sentenced persons between India and Somalia

NEW DELHI, JUNE 7: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for signing and subsequent ratification of the agreement for transfer of sentenced persons between India and Somalia.

“Signing the agreement with Somalia shall facilitate the Indian prisoners imprisoned in Somalia or vice-versa to be near to their families, for serving remaining part of their sentence and shall facilitate their social rehabilitation,” an official release said.

As of now, India has signed bilateral agreements for transfer of sentenced persons with the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Bulgaria, France, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bangladesh, Brazil, Israel, Bosnia & Herzegovina, UAE, Italy, Turkey, Maldives, Thailand, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Vietnam, Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bahrain and Estonia






Prior to 2004, there was no domestic legislation under which foreign prisoners could be transferred to the country of their origin to serve the remaining part of their sentence, nor was there a provision for the transfer of prisoners of Indian origin convicted by a foreign court to serve their sentence in India.

“The transfer of such prisoners to their own native countries shall facilitate their social rehabilitation,” the release added.
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