Sunday, 5 December 2021

Chennai Six: First of group arrives home in UK from India


GLASGOW: The first of the Chennai Six has arrived back in the UK, more than four years after the group of former British soldiers was jailed in India on weapons charges.

Billy Irving touched down at Glasgow Airport this morning (Wednesday).

He and five other British men had been guards on a ship to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean but they were jailed in October 2013 after being charged with carrying unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

After years of campaigning, they won an appeal against their convictions last week and were given permission to leave India.

Billy Irving

Billy’s fiancé Yvonne MacHugh, from Glasgow, was part of a group of family members who presented a petition at 10 Downing Street in October to demand the six’s release from a “hell hole” prison in Chennai.

The charges were initially quashed when the men argued the weapons were lawfully held for anti-piracy purposes and their paperwork, issued by the UK Government, was in order.

The other five men – Nick Dunn, John Armstrong, Nicholas Simpson, Ray Tindall and Paul Towers – are expected to arrive in the UK on Thursday.

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