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Indian PM says opposes release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

Published on Feb 20, 2014 3:11 PM
 
This undated photograph received on Feb 19, 2014 shows mugshot portraits of convicts (left to right) Murugan, Perarivalan, and Santhan, whose death sentences for killing former Indian prime pinister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 were commuted to life on Feb 18, 2014, and who are due to be released within days. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced plans on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, to release former premier Rajiv Gandhi's killers, saying his assassination in 1991 was "an attack on the soul" of the country. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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