Pocklington man ‘will face Indian trial’

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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An East Yorkshire man accused with others of illegally possessing weapons has been told he must face a trial in India after all.

Paul Towers is one of six UK workers who has been unable to leave the country for almost two years, even though charges against them were dropped.

Indian police appealed against the ruling, thus blocking Mr Towers and his colleagues’ return.

Mr Towers, from Pocklington in the Yorkshire Wolds, was working aboard a ship looking for pirates when the accusations were first made.

India’s New Delhi-based Supreme Court overturned the original decision and found that the six have to stand trial on the charges.

The men were arrested on October 12, 2013. Mr Towers faces trial alongside Nicholas Simpson, of Catterick, Yorkshire, John Armstrong, of Wigton, Cumbria, Chester-based Ray Tindall, Billy Irving, of Connel, Argyll, and Nick Dunn, of Ashington, Northumberland.

Nautilus International, the UK’s maritime union, believes Indian authorities are making examples of the six men.

The union’s Andrew Linnington said that India is looking to deter operators running similar vessels.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by The News Editor

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