The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 7 June 2017 approved the signing and subsequent ratification of the agreement between India and Somalia on transfer of sentenced persons between both the countries.
The agreement will facilitate the Indian prisoners imprisoned in Somalia or vice-versa to rejoin their respective nations and families for serving remaining part of their sentence and shall facilitate their social rehabilitation.
This is not the first time that India will sign such an agreement with another nation.
The Union Government has already signed bilateral agreements on Transfer of Sentenced Persons with UK, Mauritius, Bulgaria, France, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bangladesh, Brazil, Israel, Bosnia, UAE, Italy, Turkey, Maldives, Thailand, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Vietnam, Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Bahrain and Estonia.
However, prior to 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.
Considering this, the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003 was enacted for achieving the above purpose.
When: 7 June 2017