Here’s a chance for Theresa May’s new Conservative government to show its mettle to the world.
Back in the day, we used to send a gunboat to blockade foreign ports until their governments treated our people right (obviously I’m paraphrasing a little, but that’s pretty much UK foreign policy during Victorian times).
What do you think Mrs May will do now?
My money’s on ‘nothing’.
The British government has “abandoned and betrayed” six former soldiers jailed in India for carrying firearms while protecting boats from pirates, the sister of one of the men has said.
The men, who were arrested in 2013, were among 35 crew members sentenced by an Indian court to five years in prison in January for carrying unlicensed firearms.
They were held while working for an anti-piracy security company protecting commercial ships off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.
The men, who have been backed by more than 20 MPs including David Cameron, have consistently maintained their innocence and launched an appeal to overturn their sentences. A petition calling for their release has garnered 375,000 signatures.
Now the sister of Nick Dunn has urged Theresa May and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to intervene in the case amid concerns that the men’s mental state is beginning to deteriorate.
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