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Monday, 02 March 2015

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Cumbrian man freed from Indian jail

A Cumbrian man has been freed after months in an Indian jail.

John Armstrong, of Wigton, had been held in prison in Chennai since October.

He was among 35 people on board a US-ship detained on suspicion of firearms offences.

Mr Armstrong, along with four other British men, has now walked free after bail conditions were finalised.

Another British man remains in jail along with the ship’s Ukrainian captain

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We welcome the court’s decision to grant bail to five UK nationals, but are disappointed that one national remains in detention.

“We will continue to provide consular assistance to the men and their families.

“UK Ministers continue to follow this situation closely, and have raised it with their Indian counterparts on a regular basis.”

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