Advanfort has issued a statement calling India’s ongoing detention of the crew of Sierra-Leone-flagged Seaman Guard Ohio “an affront to justice”.
The statement followed an Indian judge’s decision to reject a bail petition for the release of the 35 UK, Estonian, Indian and Ukranian seafarers and mercenaries after two months in detention “with no formal charges”. The vessel and its crew were arrested for allegedly carrying illegal firearms into Indian waters.
“Today’s ruling is outrageous and an affront to the basic standards of justice in a country that calls itself the largest democracy in the world. The mystifying investigation by Indian authorities has dragged on for two months already while AdvanFort’s seamen and maritime security contractors continue to languish in despicable and barbaric conditions at Indian prisons.
“Throughout their careers and this ordeal, these men have admirably adhered to the highest standards of professional conduct and integrity. AdvanFort thanks their loved ones for their patience and understanding as we now redouble our efforts in continuing to work around-the-clock, 24/7 to secure their release.”