The State of India vs. Richard de Wit

This Media Release relates to hearing number 91 in the above trial which took place earlier today in the District Court, Srinagar.

Civil Unrest Prevents Hearing:
Renewed civil unrest, following the killing of three youths by the security forces in the Budgam district of Srinagar yesterday, resulted in a lock-down of the city. This, in turn, prevented the court from sitting.

In the summer of 2016 civil unrest was sparked by a similar incident.  On that occasion the case was effectively suspended for a period of ten weeks. Hopefully, this renewed occurrence will not lead to similar delays.

Date of Next Hearing:
The next hearing date has been set for Monday 17th April 2017

The source of the above material is the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London following contact from the British High Commission in Delhi with additional information from Caters News Agency. Further information is being sought about today’s hearing from the Prosecutor and a further media release will be sent out if anything significant is learned.