Indian PM says opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers
Published on Feb 20, 2014 3:11 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced plans on Thursday to release former premier Rajiv Gandhi's killers, saying his assassination in 1991 was "an attack on the soul" of the country.
As his government launched a legal challenge to the planned release of seven killers convicted over the suicide bomb attack, Singh said their freeing "would be contrary to all principles of justice".
"The assassination of Shri Rajiv Gandhi was an attack on the soul of India," Singh said in a statement.
"The release of the killers of a former prime minister of India and our great leader, as well as several other innocent Indians, would be contrary to all principles of justice.
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