Indian ‘terrorist’ released by Lisbon appeals court

“Portugal did justice and made history with this decision”. These are the words of defence counsel Lopes Guerreiro whose client Iqbal Singh has been spared extradition to India on charges of financing terrorism. Mr Singh’s case has always been presented as another example of authorities in India assuring one thing, when likely to do another. In this case, Mr Singh feared the death penalty if extradited to India – or the very least life imprisonment (click here). Portugal has always maintained that it will not extradite foreigners if they were likely to face either. With the appeal court’s decision Mr Singh was immediately freed (after many months of being held in preventive custody).