Beard trim refusal violated terror suspect’s human rights, says lawyer at extradition hearing

Ramanjit Singh Picture: Facebook
Ramanjit Singh Picture: Facebook

Perhaps, maybe, stretching the concept of fundamental freedoms a tad, a lawyer for a Hong Kong resident wanted in India for links to terrorism, among other alleged crimes, claimed their client’s human rights were violated because they’d be unable to trim their beard.

Ramanjit Singh, 30, appeared in court yesterday related to an extradition request by India, which, the court heard, had been given the green light on this end by chief executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday, September 11, reported Apple Daily.

The defendant, also known as Romi, intends to contest the extradition, it was reported.

However, his defense team were also mulling another challenge, raising the prospect of taking legal action over Singh’s beard and the fact, they claim, that he’s not been allowed to trim it while in custody.

According to Apple Daily, the magistrate at the hearing suggested it would be more appropriate for Singh to take up the matter with the Correctional Services Department.

His lawyer then indicated the team may lodge a judicial review over the alleged human rights violation.

Singh is wanted in India for a litany of alleged offences including masterminding a daring prison break in Punjab province while living in Hong Kong.

An Interpol Red Notice alleges his involvement in theft, using forged documents, attempted murder, escape from confinement, rioting with a deadly weapon and impersonating a public servant.

He is also accused of “conspiring, abetting, advising and facilitating terrorist activities,” “raising funds [for a] terrorist act,”  and “preparation for the commission of a terrorist act and member of terrorist gang.”

He was accused of involvement in a robbery as well as handling stolen goods in Hong Kong, though both those cases were unsuccessful.

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