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Appeal against death sentence to five Indian fishermen today

India TV News Desk 10 Nov 2014, 11:18:34 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Chennai: Appeal to challenge death sentenced awarded to five fishermen of Tamil Nadu in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court will be made today. The TN government has sent Rs 20 Lakh to meet with legal expenses.

On the orders of CM O Panneerselvam staff officials have been following up the issue with Central government officials.

The Indian High Commission in Colombo has finalized highly experienced legal experts.

An official release said, “Steps to file an appeal on November 10 against death sentences to five innocent Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court are being made on a war footing”.

"On the orders of the Chief Minister, Rs 20 lakh has been dispatched today to the Indian High Commission to meet the legal expenses for filing the appeal," it said.

On October 30, the Colombo High Court sentenced to death the five fishermen on charges of allegedly smuggling heroin into Sri Lanka. They were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in November 2011.

India however has defended the five accused saying they are all innocent.