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Purulia arms drop: Kim Davy not to be extradited
NEW DELHI, Jun 30 (Agencies):
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Published on 1 Jul. 2011 12:31 AM IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) suffered a setback in its efforts to get Kim Davy, a Danish citizen and prime accused in Purulia arms drop case of 1995, extradited from Denmark as a court there rejected a plea of the Danish government.
The plea of the Danish government to allow the 49-year-old Kim Davy, also known as Neils Holck, to be extradited to India was dismissed by the Danish High Court on the ground that he would risk “torture or other inhuman treatment” in India. Quoting initial reports from Denmark, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said on Thursday that the “plea has been denied on the grounds of jail conditions and human rights issues which is a subject outside the purview of the investigation agency.”
The spokesperson said the copy of the judgment was awaited and it would be examined by the agency. She said there has not been any adverse comments about CBI investigation. “Once the judgment is received, CBI will request the Ministry of Justice, Denmark through our External Affairs Ministry to appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court of Denmark. We are convinced that Neils Holck @ Kim Davy is main conspirator and executor of this crime and we will make all possible efforts to bring him to justice,’’ the spokesperson said.
The Danish High Court upheld the decision of a lower court which had rejected Danish government’s move to allow CBI’s request for extradition of Kim Davy after getting a number of sovereign assurances from India
Including that no death penalty would be imposed on him and permission to serve imprisonment, if decided by court, in Denmark prisons.
Kim Davy is wanted by the CBI in connection with the arms drop case when an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in Purulia district in West Bengal in December 1995. The consignment had hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and over thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The crew of the aircraft, used for dropping arms, consisted of five Latvian citizens and Peter Bleach, a British citizen, who were all arrested while Kim Davy had managed to escape from Mumbai.
The crew of the aircraft were released from prison in Kolkata in 2000 after requests from the Russian authorities while Peter Bleach was given a Presidential pardon in 2004 following requests by the UK government.

 
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