About 140 MPs and colleagues have written to Dominic Rabb, urging him to take further steps to secure the release of a Sikh youth sentenced to death in India.
The letter called on the Foreign Secretary to accept that Jagtar Singh Johal was being arbitrarily detained, and said that at least three charges against him had been sentenced to death.
In a letter to parliamentarians, the parliamentarians wrote: “When a British citizen is arbitrarily detained, tortured and sentenced to death, it is based on all political allegations. However, the British government has to make it clear that this is unacceptable.
The signatories include former Brexit secretary David Davis. Former International Development Secretary Hillary Benn Father of the House, Sir Peter Batomley; SNP leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford; Mayor of Sheffield, Dan Jarvis; Former Foreign Secretary Lord Hahn Former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell; And Andrew Rosendale, a Conservative member of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs.
He claims in his letter that Johal, who has been in custody for three years, is a Sikh human rights activist from Dumbarton, who traveled to India in October-October 2017 to get married. Three weeks later, he was violently arrested by field police officers. In Punjab, “bound, flogged, and tied to a car,” he wrote, “we think his arrest was illegal, which was the result of state kidnapping.”
He added that after his arrest, Jagtar was “brutally tortured” to “confess” his involvement in an alleged conspiracy to create unrest by attacking Hindu leaders.
Jagtar, backed by the legal NGO Reprio, said the charges of arms purchase, conspiracy to commit murder and a terrorist incident – all under the death penalty in Indian law. It is alleged that he provided Rs 3,000 to a Sikh in a plot to assassinate members of the extremist nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS), which he denies. 145 Despite extraordinary appearances, his trial was repeatedly adjourned at the request of the prosecution, and the defense attorney was denied basic information.
Returning Deputy Director Dan Dolan, he said: “It is shocking that the Foreign Office did not attempt to release Jagi. We are talking about a young British man facing the death penalty. As a result, he recorded nothing but his confession after being electrocuted. It is as clear as you can imagine, a matter of arbitrary detention, but the government took him home. No action taken to bring it back. Why?
The issue is likely to be diplomatically sensitive for the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as he visits his Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen his economic ties with India, as well as to host Modi. Are doing At the UK’s G7 summit for Cornwall in June. The Indian rumor is part of a broader British government leaning towards the Indian Ocean, possibly a central feature of Britain’s ‘global UK’ strategy.
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