Boris Johnson vows an end to Billy’s plight

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The foreign secretary said in parliament: ‘We will leave no stone unturned’ to bring the six ex-army men, dubbed the Chennai six and held in an Indian prison, back to Britain.

Boris Johnson spoke after it was revealed that prime minister Theresa May raised the plight of, Campbeltown educated ex-paratrooper, Billy Irving with the Indian premier Narendra Modi, at last weekend’s G20 summit.

Billy’s fiancée Yvonne Mchugh said: ‘I just want this nightmare to be over. I want to marry the man I love. I want my son to have a father. I want all 35 families to be reunited and I want justice to prevail.’

The men have been held since they were arrested, in October 2013, while heavily armed, on anti-piracy operations, on board MV Seaman Guard Ohio, in Indian territorial waters.

Illegal weapons charges were initially dropped but following an appeal, by the Indian authorities, the men were convicted and jailed.