NPA declines to arrest and prosecute Indian prime minister

2018-07-20 16:02
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Prakash Singh, AFP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Prakash Singh, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has declined a request from the Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) to arrest and prosecute Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits South Africa for the Brics summit this month.

MLA had requested the NPA to arrest Modi for alleged crimes, based on a report issued by the UN Human Rights Commission on Kashmir.

The NPA said in a statement on Friday that it received the request on June 28 and that the Hawks investigated the matter. 

"The South African authorities engaged the Indian authorities in line with our legal obligations," spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said. 

"After evaluating the evidential material, information received and the applicable law, the NPA decided that there is presently inadequate evidence to sustain a successful prosecution and to support an application for a warrant of arrest.

"The NPA thus declines to obtain a warrant of arrest for the Prime Minister of India," Mfaku added.  

The association's lawyer Yousha Tayob told News24 that he believed the NPA's decision was temporary.  

"They requested more information and we thought we gave them enough, but we will make sure we provide them with more for them to prosecute," he said.

Read more on:    narendra modi  |  india

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.