Indian courts yet to pass verdict on Somali piracy suspects – lawyer

Verdicts not yet reached, lawyer says.
No Somali piracy suspect detained in India has been sentenced to death, let alone a verdict reached, an advocate representing the accused has said.
In a statement to newsrooms Monday, Vishwajeet Singh for the accused said reports circulating in the media that Somali piracy suspects in Indian jails had been sentenced to death by Indian courts following a guilty verdict over piracy in the high seas were false and misleading.
“Awarding of sentence is possible only after pronouncement of conviction. In this case, only a voluntary plea of guilt has so far been submitted to the Honorable court on 20th September 2016 and the court is yet to make a decision on the fate of those pleas by all Somali prisoners, except one who has refused to sign the plea,” said Singh.
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