Question for written answer P-010438/2014
to the Commission (Vice-President / High Representative)
Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)
Subject: VP/HR – Support for British ex-soldier
Nicholas James Dunn from Northumberland is a 28-year-old former British soldier who was imprisoned in India on 18 October 2013, along with 34 of his colleagues, five of whom are also British ex-soldiers. Fourteen are Estonian, three Ukrainian and twelve Indian. The charges against the men were finally quashed in the High Court in Madurai on 10 July 2014, yet they are still being prevented from leaving India four months after being cleared of any wrongdoing.
What, if anything, has the EU done about this clearly unacceptable situation?
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
The EU is aware of this unfortunate case and has been monitoring developments since its start in October 2013, liasing with the concerned Member States. The EU raised this issue on several occasions with Indian interlocutors.
The EU took positive note of the acquittal of the 35 crew members of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio by the Madras High Court in July 2014 and has been following closely the appeal filed before India’s Supreme Court by the Tamil Nadu police. The EU is hopeful that the judiciary process will bring the matter to a satisfactory closure at the earliest.