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Chennai Six member says Johnson did ‘nothing’ to secure release

Chennai Six member says Johnson

A previous British serviceman who went through four years in an Indian jail has said he was let somewhere near the UK government and that Boris Johnson did “nothing” as remote secretary to make sure about their discharge.

Scratch Dunn, 34, was one of six British men who were kept while filling in as security monitors on the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, an enemy of theft vessel, in the Indian Ocean in 2013.

The previous troopers were accused of conveying unlicensed guns and ammo and held in regularly dirty jail cells in Chennai for a long time until they were vindicated in November 2017.

The men demanded they had been conceded allows by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, something the head of fare controls in the end affirmed to the Indian specialists.

The instance of the supposed Chennai Six was raised at the most elevated level by David Cameron as leader to his Indian partner, Narendra Modi, however it was simply following quite a while of crusading by their loved ones that they were vindicated in the wake of engaging against their feelings.

Talking in detail just because about his experience, Dunn said he regarded the endeavors of Foreign Office staff on the ground in India yet felt that senior government officials – including Johnson – didn’t do what’s necessary to make sure about their discharge.

“I feel let down. I don’t hope to have exceptional treatment since I served my Queen and nation,” said Dunn, who presented with the British armed force in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

“I have my privileges as a British resident. On the off chance that things went down in an outside nation, you ought to be there to help me. They realized we were honest, so treat us as honest. I figure the British government could have accomplished more.”

Dunn, from Ashington in Northumberland, said he lost 10kg (one and a half stone) after he and his five countrymen turned out to be sick in the confined jail cells in Chennai.

The previous Parachute Regiment warrior said he felt the UK government neglected to comprehend the idea of the case or handle the men’s honesty, and that priests were hesitant to begin a political column with India as it would endanger a future exchange accord.

In a book discharged on Thursday, called Surviving Hell, recording his time in jail, Dunn said the case was passed from the previous outside secretary Philip Hammond – whom he portrayed as a “total waste” – to his successor Johnson.

He said Johnson vowed to “investigate every possibility” to free the men. “I figure it is reasonable for state that he left a ton of stones unturned. What did he accomplish for us? Apparently. He was all mouth.”

He included: “Since Boris Johnson has become head administrator, an occupation he had constantly needed, I have never accepted a solitary word he said about anything.”

The six Britons – Billy Irving, from Paisley in Renfrewshire, Ray Tindall from Chester, Paul Towers from Pocklington, east Yorkshire, John Armstrong from Wigton, Cumbria, and Nicholas Simpson, from Catterick, North Yorkshire – were captured and confined alongside three Ukrainians, 14 Estonians and 12 Indians when customs authorities and police looked through their boat.

Dunn said the UK government possibly interceded in cases including its residents abroad when they had been sentenced. By then it was frequently past the point of no return. He said the Foreign Office ought to mediate a lot prior when there is away from to demonstrate the honesty of those accused of criminal acts abroad.

He stated: “Our administration should put the interests of its own residents before economic accords. Nobody ought to ever need to feel that individuals at the most elevated level are more stressed over culpable an outside government than allowing their residents to citizens.

“I had served my nation as a trooper. I put my life at risk as a paratrooper in two combat areas and I had nearly kicked the bucket in the line of obligation for my Queen and nation – yet where was my nation now? I have consistently been glad to be an individual from a world class regiment of the British armed force however when I truly required the administration on my side, it bombed me.”