’02 Britons’ killing: Court to ask MEA about status of summons to ex-envoys

The special trial court hearing the case related to the 2002 killings of four British nationals at Prantij in Sabarkantha district is likely to directly enquire with the Ministry of External Affairs about the status of its summons issued to two former British envoys in India to appear as witnesses in the case.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:January 4, 2012 4:59 am

The special trial court hearing the case related to the 2002 killings of four British nationals at Prantij in Sabarkantha district is likely to directly enquire with the Ministry of External Affairs about the status of its summons issued to two former British envoys in India to appear as witnesses in the case.

The court had summoned the two former British envoys,Howard Parkinson and Ian Reakes,as witnesses since they were privy to some evidence related to the case.

The court is likely to take further decision in this regard on January 20.

In October 2011,the special trial court presided over by Sabarkantha principal district judge Gita Gopi had issued summons to the two former British envoys to depose before it. The summons,ordered to be served through the British High Commission in India,were issued on a plea by the complainant in the case,Imran Dawood,also a British national,said Imran’s lawyer A M Malek.

“The court has kept the next hearing for January 20. In the meantime,the court will enquire with the MEA about the status of the summons issued to the two ex-envoys,” Malek said.

In 2002,Imran visited India for the first time along with his UK-based uncles,Saeed Dawood,Shakeel Dawood and Mohammed Aswat. On February 28,2002,the four were returning to their native village of Lajpur near Navsari in Gujarat after visiting Agra and Jaipur when a mob attacked them near Prantij.

Three of them were killed while the fourth,who went missing,is now presumed dead.

According to Malek,the British High Commissioner’s office had got some calls and letter(s) related to the case at the relevant time.

Reakes,who was with the British High Commissioner’s office,had also visited Gujarat following recovery of some bones and ashes related to the killing.

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