Letter to the Minister of External Affairs (Release of prisoners in UAE)

Dear Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji,

As you are aware the ruler of Sharjah H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi had visited Kerala between 24th and 26th of September 2017. Both Ministry of External Affairs and State Government have been receiving large number of representations from Indian citizens who have been sentenced to Jail in civil offences, especially in Middle East countries which have stringent legal frameworks. In this context, I had requested His Highness to consider their release as a humanitarian gesture. This request was immediately agreed to and 149 Indian prisoners were ordered to be released.

In this context, it is suggested that citing this gesture of Sharjah, if Indian Government takes up this issue with other Emirates in UAE, we may be able to secure the release of a large number of similarly placed Indians. It is requested that MEA may seriously consider taking this step and direct the diplomatic missions in UAE and other Middle East countries to pursue this request.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Smt. Sushama Swaraj,
Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs,
Government of India,
South Block, New Delhi-110011.