The plight of Northumberland man Nick Dunn – imprisoned in India along with other pirate hunters – has been raised in the European Parliament in Strasbourg by his MEP Jonathan Arnott.
Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP, has been calling for the Indian Government for some time to review the case of the 29-year-old former paratrooper and five other British ex-soldiers.
And he has now again raised the subject in the European Parliament pushing for their immediate release. Mr Dunn, from Ashington, and his colleagues are awaiting an appeal hearing after being jailed for five years in January and bail has been refused.
“If – and it’s a big if – there was any wrongdoing, then surely the company should be held liable, not individual employees who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He told the Parliament, “These men are highly-qualified security guards, who were doing a valuable public protection job, and I’ve seen those. I have here copies of the export licenses which show the firearms were legally exported from the UK.
“I have nothing but respect for the Indian government’s fight against illegal firearms. But in this case they have the wrong people. I call for the Indian government to urgently review this case, and to secure their immediate release.”