India signed an agreement on transfer of sentenced persons with Hong Kong

Jan 21, 2015 16:25 IST

India on 20 January 2015 signed an agreement on transfer of sentenced persons with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Under the agreement, the two sides will exchange sentenced prisoners in each other's jurisdiction. The agreement will mostly apply to Indian prisoners as there are very few Hong Kong residents in Indian prisons.

There are at present 93 Indians in Hong Kong jails. Only 17 of them are undergoing sentence for serious crimes like drug dealing while most of the remaining prisoners have been jailed for relatively minor offenses like immigration law violation. 

The two sides have been engaged in discussions on this issue for a long time and it is only now that an agreement has been reached. The agreement will add to the existing framework of institutional cooperation between the two sides.

India has similar agreements on exchange of prisoners with several other countries but none with Mainland China.

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