[Assam] [assam] Indian prisoner to be released from Pak jail after 30 years
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Tue May 8 14:52:26 IST 2012
Times of India.(May 8, 2012)
PTI | May 8, 2012, 01.42PM IST
LAHORE: Indian national Surjeet Singh, who has been languishing in Kot
Lakhpat Jail in this eastern Pakistani city for over 30 years, is
expected to be freed within three months, his lawyer has said.
The Punjab government on Monday told the Lahore high court that Surjeet
had completed his term and would be released.
Through a written report submitted in the court of Justice Manzoor
Ahmad Malik, the government said Surjeet was given the status of an
internee last month.
The judge was hearing a petition seeking the release of Surjeet filed
by his Pakistani lawyer Awais Sheikh, who is also counsel for Sarabjit
Singh, an Indian on death row after his conviction for alleged
involvement in bomb blasts in 1990.
Sheikh pleaded that Surjeet had been held in the Pakistani jail even
after completing his term of life imprisonment.
Relying on the Punjab government's reply, the judge adjourned the
hearing till July 9.
The lawyer told PTI that he had filed the petition for Surjeet's
release at the request of his family. "I met the son and daughter of
Surjeet in Amritsar and they told me that their father was languishing
in Kot Lakhpat Jail," he said.
Sheikh said Surjeet was captured near the border on charges of spying
during the era of military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.
He was given the death sentence but then President Ishaq Khan commuted
it to life imprisonment.
"Surjeet completed his term in 2004. The high court has said there is
no law that allows a prisoner to be detained after he completes his
sentence," Sheikh said.
In a separate development, Justice Umar Ata Bandial of the Lahore high
court has disposed of another petition filed by Sheikh seeking the
release of another Indian prisoner named Madan Lal
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