Abu Salem News: Mafia don Abu Salem will not be sentenced to death or life imprisonment. The Indian government had agreed to his extradition from Portugal on the condition that Salem be sentenced to more than 25 years in prison. The Supreme Court said that the Government of India has to fulfill this promise.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Salem
Salem was brought to India from Portugal in 2005
A special TADA court had on February 25, 2015, sentenced Salem to life imprisonment in another case of the 1995 murder of Mumbai builder Pradeep Jain. Along with Jain, his driver Mahindi Hassan was also killed. Salem, one of the perpetrators of the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai, was extradited from Portugal on November 11, 2005 after a lengthy legal battle.
Screw caught in 25 years
Salem had asked the Supreme Court to add his sentence to 25 years in prison in Portugal. Salem’s lawyer, Rishi Malhotra, said Salem was detained in 2002 and brought to India in 2005. His detention period should be counted from 2002. However, the Supreme Court did not grant him relief in the matter. Due to this, according to the Government of India, his 25-year jail term will expire in November 2030. On notice, the Indian government told the Supreme Court that it would honor the promise made by the Portuguese government and that Salem would be released after serving 25 years. Since Salem was deported from Portugal on November 11, 2005, the 25-year count will be completed in 2030, eight years from now.
This is how Salem was caught in Portugal
Abu Salem was arrested by police in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, in 2002 on charges of traveling with his alleged girlfriend, Monica Bedi, on forged documents. There was no extradition treaty between India and Portugal at the time, so Salem could not be brought to India immediately. Portugal had stipulated that Salem not be sentenced to death or more than 25 years in prison for deportation to India. India and Portugal signed an extradition treaty in 2007. The agreement was signed between then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Portuguese President Anibal Cavacho Silva. India accepted both the conditions of Portugal.
Hindi News Navbharat Times, from TIL Network