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The Supreme Court of India held its first hearing in the Estonian ship guards’ case

10.04.2015

Today, on April 10, the first hearing in front of judges in the Estonian ship guards’ case was held at the Supreme Court of India.

The lawyer defending the Estonians in the Supreme Court, Senior Advocate Aryama Sundaram, opened the hearing with the defence speech. The court also heard the lawyer representing the AdvanForti Company and the prosecutor of the State of Tamil Nadu.

The court asked the lawyer representing the Estonian citizens to submit a written position to the court for assessment within three days. According to the judge, the next meeting will take place during April.

Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said involving a defence lawyer was necessary in order to protect the Estonian citizens and ensure them the best possible defence. “The positive thing is that as a result of all the efforts, the Supreme Court of India has finally started moving. We will definitely continue to keep asserting pressure and do everything we can to ensure that the next hearing is well-prepared. We hope that the Supreme Court of India will make a positive decision during the course of April,” the Foreign Minister added.

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