Fam­i­lies take fight to Down­ing Street

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

FAM­ILY mem­bers of an Ar­gyll man de­tained in In­dia have de­liv­ered a pe­ti­tion to the Prime Min­is­ter in Down­ing Street.

Billy Irving was ar­rested along with five col­leagues and the pe­ti­tion, Free the six Bri­tish ex solid­ers from In­dian jail #FREESG06, with more than 375,000 sig­na­to­ries, was handed over to mark 1,000 days since the men were locked up.

Hand­ing over the pe­ti­tion, Mr Irving’s part­ner, Yvonne MacHugh, said: ‘We un­der­stand fully that one coun­try can­not in­ter­vene in an­other’s ju­di­cial process. But when in­no­cent men are be­ing pros­e­cuted for a crime they have not com­mit­ted, they should have an obli­ga­tion to pro­tect the hu­man rights and free­dom of these men and have them re­leased and brought home.

‘These men de­voted their lives pro­tect­ing oth­ers. They fought for the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment, now the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment must fight for them.’

MP Hugo Swire, For­eign Of­fice min­is­ter, pledged again last week that he is do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to ‘se­cure the men’s free­dom’.

Pho­to­graph cour­tesy of Yvonne MacHugh.

Yvonne MacHugh, in white dress, with fam­ily mem­bers and MP Bren­dan O’Hara, far right, as they de­liver the pe­ti­tion to the Prime Min­is­ter in Down­ing Street.

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