Indian sailor Sunil James released from Togo jail family thanks PM
Captain Sunil James of oil tanker MT Ocean Centurian, who was arrested in July on charges of aiding pirates off the coast of Togo, has been released. James is set to leave for India later on Thursday after spending six months in jail in Togo.
Earlier this month, the family members of the merchant navy captain met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his early release to conduct the last rites of his 11-month-old son who died of septicaemia in a hospital on December 2.
The family of James thanked the Prime Minister after the Indian merchant ship captain’s release from Togo jail.
However, it not yet clear whether the charges levelled against James have been completely dropped. James had filed an application asking to be released on parole to conduct the last rites of his son.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Securing Captain James release was really difficult. President of Togo intervened and ensured justice.” Akbaruddin on Wednesday had said that India’s High Commissoner in Accra met with President Gnassingbe of Togo seeking early release of James and other Indian sailors.
James had stopped at Togo to report an attack on his ship MT Ocean Centurion by pirates when he was arrested July 31, along with two other crew members, for allegedly aiding the pirates.