Further delays in bid to have Nick released

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Detained Ashington sailor Nick Dunn may have to wait another three weeks before finding out if his Indian nightmare is finally over.

Lawyers battling to have the passports and belongings returned to Nick and five other detained British sailors failed in another court hearing on Tuesday.

Although they were able to have the belongings released, another hearing has been pencilled in for April 16 in a bid to have the passports returned so they can fly home.

Nick’s sister Lisa, who has been fighting for the release of the men since they were first detained in October 2013, said: “It is an absolute disgrace that the Indian judicial system are able to find so many ways of causing unnecessary delays when it is printed in black and white that Nick and his colleagues are innocent.

“It’s absolute agony on a daily basis and it is not acceptable.”

Lisa has been continuing the fight to have Nick, 29, receive his passport so he can fly home.

The issue was raised with Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond who spoke to the Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, during recent visit to the country.

Nick has been trapped in India since his arrest in October 2013, when he was charged with falsely possessing firearms in international waters.

The former paratrooper was working for US private maritime company Advanfort providing anti-piracy protection when their ship – MV Seaman Guard Ohio – was detained.

After spending four months in prison, he was released on bail but still detained in India.

A court quashed the charges against him and his colleagues, a decision which was appealed by the Indian police which has left the men in limbo.