Paul Towers among six British nationals arrested after their US-owned ship sailed into Indian waters allegedly carrying a huge cache of illegal weapons
A Bootle man said he was “worried sick” as his son prepares to spend his sixth month languishing in an Indian jail.
Paul Towers, 50, was among six British nationals arrested after their US-owned ship sailed into Indian waters allegedly carrying a huge cache of illegal weapons.
Both Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have raised the matter with Indian ministers since the arrests were made in October 2013.
The men were among the crew of MV Seaman Guard Ohio, which the Indian authorities branded a “floating armoury.”
Police said they seized 35 assault rifles and nearly 5,700 rounds of ammunition from guards on the vessel.
The ship’s owner, US-based security company AdvanFort, said the ship was involved in supporting anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and all the weapons found were legal.
But Indian officials said the crew had failed to produce documents proving they were allowed to carry weapons and ammunition in territorial waters.
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