Seven convicted in Gandhi murder to be released

Feb 19, 2014, 1:48 AM EST
Members of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front hold a portrait of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during a rally in Amritsar on May 21, 2012.
AFP/File, Narinder Nanu

The government in India's Tamil Nadu state has decided to free seven people convicted of plotting the assassination of former P.M. Rajiv Gandhi. The announcement came a day after the Supreme Court commuted the death sentences of three convicts, citing delays in deciding their mercy pleas. All seven were members of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebel group. Gandhi's murder in May 1991 was seen as retaliation for his having sent Indian peacekeepers to Sri Lanka in 1987.

Background:

Rajiv Gandhi murder: Tamil Nadu to free plotters [BBC]

Rajiv Gandhi assassination death sentences commuted [The Guardian]