Agreement signed on mutual transfer of sentenced persons
Taking cooperation in security-related matters to a higher level, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday signed two key agreements — on security cooperation and the transfer of sentenced persons.
While the agreement on transfer of sentenced persons provides the framework to allow convicted prisoners to serve the remainder of their sentences in their respective home countries, and thereby facilitate social rehabilitation, the one on security cooperation seeks to strengthen and develop the existing bilateral framework in areas such as combating terrorism in all forms, addressing activities of organised criminal groups, drug-trafficking, and illicit trafficking in weapons, ammunition and explosives.
The agreements were signed by Home Minister P. Chidambaram and UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
There are around 1,200 Indians imprisoned in the UAE for various crimes, including on drugs and finance-related charges. It is not yet clear how many of them were sentenced prisoners. There is only one UAE national at present lodged in an Indian jail.
The pact will apply only to those who have already been convicted, and not to undertrials. As per its provisions, any Indian sentenced in the UAE, who is to be transferred to an Indian jail, should have a minimum of six months of jail-term left and there should not be any pending case against him.
The two leaders discussed issues pertaining to bilateral security cooperation, drug-trafficking, security and capacity-building so as to enhance cooperation for combating organised crime, a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The issue of international terrorism also came up during the discussions.
The two sides also stressed their commitments to stepping up cooperation in the investigation of mutually relevant criminal cases and the sharing of relevant information in this regard, the spokesperson said.
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