FIVE YEARS after a High Court in Denmark turned down the extradition request of key Purulia arms drop accused Kim Davy, India has sent a fresh request to Denmark seeking extradition of the alleged gunrunner, also known as Neils Holck.
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CBI sources said a fresh request has been sent to Denmark but refused to give new grounds under which it has been sent, citing confidentiality.
Denmark’s Justice Minister Soren Paulson was quoted by Copenhagen-based newspaper ‘Berlingske’ as saying that they have received the request from India. “Public prosecutions will now consider the request under the provisions of the Extradition Act,” the website of the daily quoted from a media release issued by the minister’s office.
“He (Paulson) stresses that it is important that the matter be treated as soon as possible”, and “with the thoroughness that such matters require,” it added.
The Denmark government had accepted India’s request for extraditing Kim Davy, who was wanted in the Purulia arms drop case but he challenged the proceedings in a city court in Copenhagen, which rejected the extradition request.
Danish authorities challenged the decision in the High Court, which also rejected their plea citing poor prison conditions, including overcrowding, torture and human rights record of India. Danish legal authorities then decided not to pursue the matter further and refused to file an appeal in the country’s Supreme Court against the High Court decision.
CBI sources said Indian authorities were not a party to the case and cannot directly intervene. They said the courts were not considering merits of the alleged crime but on the prison conditions and human rights issues in India.
The case relates to the incident on the night of December 17, 1995, when an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in West Bengal’s Purulia district. The consignment had hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The crew consisted of five Latvian citizens and British national Peter Bleach, all of whom were arrested. Davy, a Danish citizen and the prime accused in the case, had escaped. The crew were released from a Kolkata jail in 2000 after requests from the Russian authorities. Bleach was given a Presidential pardon in 2004 following requests by the UK government.