New ev­i­dence could free Billy

The Oban Times - - News -

A CONNEL man who is serv­ing time in an In­dian prison could be freed af­ter new ev­i­dence sur­faced.

Pi­rate hunter Billy Irv­ing and his crew­mates were jailed af­ter their ves­sel drifted in to In­dian wa­ters car­ry­ing ‘il­le­gal’ weapons.

The For­eign Of­fice has now re­leased the weapons li­cences that were on board the ship and Billy’s fam­ily hope this new ev­i­dence will be enough to have him re­leased.

The doc­u­ments were up­loaded to a so­cial me­dia page run by Billy’s fam­ily en­ti­tled ‘Bring Billy Back’ along­side a state­ment.

It said: ‘ They [the li­cences] have been handed into the In­dian courts.

‘If they are again dis­missed it could not be clearer now that the men are be­ing held there il­le­gally. We are cling­ing on to ev­ery sin­gle bit of hope that the In­dian po­lice can ad­mit they made a mis­take, free our boys and al­low us all to move on from this night­mare.’

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