A local court in Tuticorin on Wednesday extended the custody of 35 men, including crew members of the detained US ship ‘Seaman Guard Ohio’, until March 14.
Judicial Magistrate in Tuticorin C. Kathiravan passed the order after hearing arguments through video conferencing. The US ship was apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Naikidevi’ on October 12, 2013. The vessel was detained on October 18 on charges of trespassing into Indian waters and possessing weapons
Maritime Security News Note:
This is a huge blow and truly dreadful news for the men in custody and their families. There had been rumours that six Brits might be bailed, but clearly that hasn’t happened. We can only hope that the continued work by their legal team will pay dividends soon.