LONDON, UK—Sikh organizations across the globe have welcomed the release of Bhai Paramjit Singh Pamma, who was arrested in December 2015 in Portugal by the Interpol. Francisca Van Dunem, the Minister of Justice in Portugal rejected the extradition request on the basis that Bhai Paramjit Singh had been granted asylum in the UK. Following rejection of the case, Bhai Paramjit Singh Pamma is expected to return to UK soon.
“This decision is based on the fact that the Indian national qualification for refugee status given by the British authorities in September 2000, when he was granted asylum in that country and issued a valid travel document until April 24, 2023, which enables the move by several EU countries, including Portugal, “the Justice Ministry said in a statement,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice, Portugal, stated.
Several Sikh organizations led by the Sikhs for Justice and the Sikh Federation (UK) campaigned for Bhai Paramjit Singh Pamma. The Sikh Organization for Prisoner Welfare also ran a successful campaign to fundraiser for the legal expenses. Several UK MPs, particularly, John Spellar also played a prominent role.
Sikh Federation (UK) posted –
The Sikh Federation (UK) are delighted to announce the Paramjeet Singh Pamma has been released today by the Portugal Authorities, and will very soon be back in the UK with his family.
On behalf of Paramjeet SIngh and his family we would like to thanks all those who participated and supported in the political and legal campaign and pressure to secure Paramjeet Singh’s release and stop the illegal extradition to India. We are grateful that the Minister of Justice in Portugal has rejected the case and false claims, evidence and pressure by the India Government, despite all its efforts to defame the Sikh community and Paramjeet.
Cllr Preet Kaur Gill who has been working tirelessly on this case and supporting Pinky Kaur and the family said “I am so ecstatic that Portugal delivers justice for Paramjeet Singh and his family. The Sikh community came together and have campaigned for human rights of not only Paramjeet Singh but for refugees who also face such atrocities. Victory to the cause and those that stand up for human rights. I am elated by the news”
This is very embarrassing and shameful for the Indian Authorities who played every card to have Paramjeet Singh extradited to India to face more falsified charges, especially following Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK in November 2015, where he delivered a fictitious intelligence dossier to the UK Gov on alleged activities of UK Gurdwara, TV Channels and community including named individuals such as Paramjeet Singh. The Sikh Federation (UK) have been challenging India and the UK Gov on this such dossier, while others who met with Modi have remained quiet. This case is a landmark statement that Justice and Freedom cannot be bought or sold by the corrupt India state as easily as it once was.
Via Sikh 24