Portuguese team checks on Abu Salem after he complains about prison blues

Portuguese team checks on Abu Salem after he complains about prison blues

Taking note of repeated complaints by Abu Salem, two officials from the Portuguese embassy in Delhi, along with members of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), visited the Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday to check its overall condition and the facilities given to the convicted gangster.
Salem, who was extradited from Lisbon in Portugal in 2003, had complained that the clauses mentioned in the extradition treaty were being flouted.The team of Portuguese and CBI officials entered Taloja jail at 11:45am. They recorded Salem’s statement in the presence of Rajvardhan Sinha, inspector general, prisons, Sadanand Gaikwad, superintendent of Taloja jail, and Salem’s lawyer Saba Qureshi. The process went on till 2pm.
Qureshi said, “Salem was not asked about his deportation or parole, but only about the conditions in the jail. The embassy officials had come with a questionnaire.”
‘Gangster Abu Salem, who was arrested in Lisbon in Portugal on September 20, 2002 and extradited to India, has been repeatedly complaining to the Portuguese authorities that the conditions set for his extradition were being violated
He claimed he was awarded long prison terms, which is in violation of the agreement
In 2014, Salem first moved the Portugal court complaining about breach of extradition conditions
After moving the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to cancel his extradition to India and transfer him back to Portugal, Salem wrote to the Portugal ambassador to India, stating his conviction in the 1993 blasts case is another breach of his extradition treaty
He requested the Portuguese ambassador to help him send his petition to the Supreme Court of Portugal.