Keith wrote to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding a petition he received from Leicester East constituents. They were concerned about the Indian death penalty law which a Mr Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar faces.
Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State for the FCO responded to Keith stating:
“It is the long standing policy of the British Government to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle. I have written to the Indian High Commissioner in London setting out the UK’s strong opposition to the death penalty, urging the Government of India to commute such sentences to life imprisonment and calling for the establishment of a formal moratorium on the death penalty, with a view to its abolition. I raised this issue with the Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao when we met on 28 June, and also with Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur during our meeting on 5 July. We have likewise raised our concerns about the end of the de facto moratorium on the death penalty throughout the EU.
We will continue to press for the universal abolition of the death penalty.”