India’s top court frees Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

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India’s top court on Friday ordered the release of six people convicted over the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gandhi was 46 when he was killed by a woman suicide bomber at an election rally in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in 1991.

The assassination was carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Sri Lankan armed separatist group.

India’s supreme court said the convicts were being released based on their “satisfactory conduct” in prison and that they had served over three decades of jail time.

The six — three of whom had been condemned to death before their sentences were commuted in 2014 — are the last still in prison for the assassination.

Earlier this year, the court ordered the release of another convict who had been initially sentenced to hang, AG Perarivalan, citing good conduct.—AFP

 

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