5 Apr 2013

NZ Sikh community leader likely to be freed soon

1:05 pm on 5 April 2013

A former New Zealand Sikh community leader who was arrested last month in India on terrorism charges is likely to be freed in the next few weeks.

The New Zealand Sikh Council says Manpreet Singh had been charged in the 1980s with masterminding a jailbreak along with about 70 other people. All but two of them were eventually aquatinted.

The council said Mr Singh failed to sign paperwork making his acquittal official before he left India for New Zealand and returned to India in March to fix the mistake, but was arrested before he got the chance.

The council has spoken to Mr Singh and says he is being treated well in prison and should be released after he appears in court on 8 April.