Union Cabinet approved the treaty on transfer of sentenced persons between India and Nigeria

Nov 6, 2014 15:05 IST

The Union Cabinet on 6 October 2014 gave its approval for signing a treaty on transfer of sentenced persons between India and Nigeria. The treaty for the transfer of prisoners was approved under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003 passed by the Union government for this purpose in 2003.

The treaty will facilitate Indian prisoners imprisoned in Nigeria or vice-versa to be near their families, for serving the remaining part of their sentence and shall facilitate their social rehabilitation.

The same kind of negotiations has also been concluded with the Governments of Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and Spain.

So far India has singed such Agreements with the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, France, Bangladesh, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Maldives, Thailand, Turkey, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Russia and Vietnam.

Before 2004, there was no domestic legislation under which foreign prisoners could be transferred to the country of their origin, to serve the remaining part of their sentence nor was there a provision for the transfer of prisoners of Indian origin convicted by a foreign court to serve their sentence in India.

In 2003, India enacted Repatriation of Prisoners Act to provide for the transfer of certain prisoners from India to country or place outside India and reception in India of certain prisoners from country or place outside India.

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