Palakkad: Atlast, the long time pending project to provide free legal aid to Malayalis lodged in foreign jails is ready to be implemented. As part of this, legal liaison officers (LLO) will be appointed in various countries, in co-ordination with NORKA. This will be useful to those lodged in jails for issues relating to job, passport, visa and fraud cases.
The residents of Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) nations, Iraq and Southeast Asian countries can avail the aid. The government will also seek help from the approved Malayali organizations of the concerned countries.
NORKA has set up a selection committee to appoint the officers. The committee is presided by NORKA CEO. The appointments will be completed soon, said NORKA officials.
Who will get aid
- Those with authorized passport and visa
- Relatives of those Malayalis in jails
- Cases will be taken up by legal liaison officers
- Legal advices and help concerning compensation petitions and mercy petitions
- Legal awareness programmes in coordination with Malayali cultural societies
- Help from translators
- Aid from foreign countries
The state government or NORKA roots doesn’t have any account of the number of Malayalis lodged in foreign jails. The NORKA roots officials said that many countries do not disclose such details according to their law.
According to a report submitted by the foreign affairs minister in August 2018, around 7,737 Indians are jailed in about 77 foreign countries. The primary reports suggest that, among this, 17 per cent are Malayalis.
Among the 3460 Indians jailed in Saudi Arabia and UAE, 35 per cent are said to be Malayalis, suggest the reports.