Put moratorium on executions: EU to India
Brussels, Feb 13: Asking India to put a moratorium on executions, the European Union has regretted the hanging of Afzal Guru.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said it was with regret that she learned of the execution of Afzal Guru last Saturday.
While recognising that "terrible murders" were committed in the attack and aware of the sufferings of the victims and their families, the EU "reiterates its principled opposition to the death penalty under all circumstances", Baroness Ashton said in a press statement.
Afzal had been on a death row during the last ten years since he was convicted in December, 2002.
His execution at the Tihar Jail in New Delhi last Saturday comes less than three months after Ajmal Kasab was hanged in November.
Ashton said the EU calls upon India to re-establish a moratorium on executions, in line with the global trend towards the abolition of capital punishment. She also offered India EU's support in the fight against terrorism and said the 27-nation bloc looked forward to continuing to work together in this area.
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