Sri Lanka president pardons five Indian fishermen on death row

November 19, 2014 3:15 PM

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Sri Lanka president pardons five Indian fishermen on death row

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday pardoned five Indian fishermen who had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking, a move likely to reduce tensions with India.

The death penalty triggered a diplomatic row between the island nation and its huge neighbor, as the fishermen had denied the charges and the case was seen as an outgrowth of friction over alleged illegal poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

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