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The crew of an anti-piracy vessel who, last month, were jailed for five years in India for carrying illegal arms must wait to find out whether they have been successful in their bid for bail while an appeal is heard. The Anglican agency Mission to Seafarers is supporting the 10 crew and 25 guards saying that as they were engaged in anti-piracy security patrols they were entitled to carry the weapons under international laws of the sea.
The crew were detained off the coast of Tuticorin on 18 October 2013 and have been held in India ever since on charges of carrying illegal arms, illegal refuelling and unlawfully entering Indian waters. The Mission to Seafarers have been supporting the crew and their families. After their conviction last month, the agency’s director of justice and public affairs, Ken Peters, said that he was “horrified and filled with anguish” at what he called a “deeply unfair and unjust decision.”
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