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India: Further Information on Death Sentences and new concern: Imminent Execution

, Index number: ASA 20/004/2004

The four men Gnana Prakasam, Simon, Meesakara Madhiah and Bilavendran are scheduled to be executed on 16 April 2004. A mercy petition was filed on their behalf with the State Governor of Karnataka on 6 March: only the President of India and State Governors have the power to commute death sentences.

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