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Chennai 6 freed from Indian jail

The “Chennai Six”, former British soldiers who were imprisoned in India for possessing weapons, have finally been released.

The six men had been working as private security protecting ships from piracy, and in 2013 were among 35 detained after their vessel, the AdnavFort MV Seaman Guard Ohio, was boarded by the Indian Navy for entering its waters without permission, and possessing firearms that were believed to be unlicensed.

For four years, the UK soldiers’ families have tirelessly campaigned with the British government for their release.

According to BBC News, “Lawyers representing the men say they will have to spend some more time in India before they can expect to return home. Families of the men say they hope they will be home in time for Christmas.

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