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Tamil Nadu chief minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi's killers

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:08 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - The chief minister of an Indian state on Wednesday ordered the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, meaning they could walk free in three days.

Ms J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, announced the decision one day after the country's top court lifted the death sentences on three of those convicted over Mr Gandhi's assassination in 1991.

"Considering that they have spent over 23 years in prison, the cabinet decided to immediately release Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan under the powers vested with the state government," Ms Jayalalithaa said, according to news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), after holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

Ms Jayalalithaa said she would also release four others including a woman who are serving life sentences for their roles in the murder.

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