Fast-Track Latvian Woman’s Murder Trial, Kerala Opposition Demands

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Congress said the trial had not started even 3 years after the crime. (Representative)

Thiruvananthapuram:

The opposition Congress-led UDF in Kerala today urged the left-wing government to hand over to a fast-track tribunal a case of rape and murder of a Latvian tourist in the resort town of Kovalam there is three years old.

A new special prosecutor should be appointed for this as soon as possible and justice should be provided to the woman’s family, opposition leader VD Satheesan demanded in the Assembly.

He brought the matter to the attention of the House by way of a brief.

“The defendants were released on bail because the indictment was not submitted within 90 days of the case. The trial has not yet started, even three and a half years after the crime,” he said. Mr Satheesan told the Assembly.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in his response, said the case is now under consideration by the Main Sessions Court and G Mohanraj has been appointed as a special prosecutor.

“The government has not received any request for the appointment of a new person as a special prosecutor. If such a request is received, the opinion of the State Police Chief and the Director General of Prosecutions will be sought and an appropriate decision will be taken, ”added the Chief Minister.

Kerala police had filed the indictment in the murder of the tourist in Kovalam, naming two local drug traffickers as accused, on August 30, 2018.

The Latvian tourist had disappeared under mysterious circumstances from Kovalam on March 14 of the same year. His highly decomposed headless body was recovered from a mangrove forest near Thiruvallam on April 21.

The disappearance and subsequent murder of the tourist, who had come to Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment with her sister, had sparked widespread controversy in the state with allegations that the Kerala police failed to conduct a proper investigation on the case.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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