Chennai Six released from Indian jail

Image caption (From top left, clockwise) Nick Dunn, Paul Towers, Chip Simpson, Ray Tindall, John Armstrong and Billy Irving

Six Uk former soldiers have been released through an Indian prison four many years after being arrested and held on weapons charges.

The so-called Chennai Six, who was simply guards on a ship to battle piracy in the Indian Ocean, won a good appeal against their convictions on Monday.

They have now been escorted from Chennai Central Prison by Uk consulate officials.

This said it was discussing the next step with all the Indian authorities.

Attorneys representing the men say they are going to have to spend some more time in Indian before they can expect to return house.

The men, who have been working on the anti-piracy ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, are:

  • Nick Dunn from Ashington, Northumberland
  • Billy Irving from Connel, Argyll
  • Ray Tindall from Chester
  • Paul Towers through Pocklington, East Yorkshire
  • John Armstrong from Wigton, Cumbria
  • Nicholas Simpson from Catterick, North Yorkshire

These were arrested in 2013, after traditions officials and police found weaponry and ammunition on board, which Native indian authorities said had not been properly announced.

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Media caption Family of Nick Dunn respond to news of release

Initially fees were quashed, when the men contended that the weapons were lawfully kept for anti-piracy purposes and the documents, issued by the UK government, is at order.

But a lesser court reinstated the prosecution and January 2016 were sentenced in order to five years in prison.

The men’s families welcome the acquittal, and many expressed wish that the men would be home simply by Christmas.

A Uk consulate spokesman said: “The authorities shares their happiness.

“We are working with the Indian professionals to discuss the next step and we will continue to provide the men and their families consular assistance so long as needed. ”

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