Nikolai Dashkevich. The Indian Authorities will not be allowed to return home temporarily trial arrested in this country for more than a year ago 14 Estonian citizens from the ship Seaman Guard Ohio, said on Thursday the Ambassador of India to Finland and Estonia and Ashok Kumar Sharma.
The ship Seaman Guard Ohio, which followed under the flag of Sierra Leone and owned by an American organization AdvanFort, was detained by the Indian authorities in October 2013. The crew and the protection of the vessel from the pirates consist of 35 people, including citizens of India, the UK, Ukraine, and 14 Residents of Estonia. Those arrested were charged with illegal possession of arms and ammunition, and likewise the illegal purchase of fuel.
The Estonian Ambassador in new Delhi on the first day of the week gave India's Ministry of a letter signed by the head of the Estonian foreign Minister keit Pentus-rosimannus said. In a private letter Pentus-rosimannus asks Indian counterpart to allow for humanitarian reasons, a group of Estonian ship guards temporarily further consideration of the case to return home.
Ashok Kumar Sharma said that the time to send the Crew home is possible only under the condition that Estonia would give the court a guarantee that will allow you to extradite Estonians back to India in the event of conviction. However, in Estonia, this system guarantees do not exist.
"If the sailors will return to Estonia, they will be free to the inhabitants and would be very difficult to return them back, for this reason they will remain in India as long as we don't get guarantees, but what guarantees will satisfy the court - I don't know," said the Ambassador of the Estonian television.
in July last year the court of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu dismissed the case on the criminal code and was cleared of all charges regarding the members of the crew and guards of the vessel, But they are until now not have the opportunity to return home, since the court's decision was appealed to the Supreme court of India. The state government of Tamil Nadu has banned the Estonian citizens to leave the country before the Supreme court decides on the case. However, on 1 July, the Supreme court of India announced that it would not accept for consideration the matter of the Estonian guards and returned it to the highest court of the state of Tamil Nadu.