Call for help to free six held in In­dia

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

The fi­ancée of a Bri­tish ex-sol­dier jailed in In­dia said she thinks about mar­ry­ing him “ev­ery sin­gle day” as she took her jus­tice cam­paign to Num­ber 10.

Loved ones of six ex-sol­diers in a “hell hole” prison in Chen­nai handed in a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing the Govern­ment do more to se­cure their re­lease, mark­ing four years since they were first ar­rested.

The six, who a Bri­tish lawyer says are vic­tims of a mis­car­riage of jus­tice, have been held for 1,461 days in In­dia. They were first jailed on weapons charges while work­ing as se­cu­rity guards on ships to com­bat piracy in the In­dian Ocean.

Yvonne MacHugh, from Pais­ley, the fi­ancée of Billy Irv­ing, 37, of Oban, a for­mer mem­ber of 1 Para, was ac­com­pa­nied in Down­ing Street by their two-year-old son Wil­liam, whom he is yet to spend a day at home with.

Ms MacHugh said the Govern­ment’s ef­forts “aren’t good enough”, adding: “I want them to openly say ‘We know the men are in­no­cent, re­lease them now’”.

Pic­ture: PA.

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