India to approach Togo court for sailor’s release

Captain Sunil James is under arrest in west African country Togo since July 2013.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2014 1:50:23 pm

India will be approaching the court in Togo to secure on “compassionate ground” the release of a jailed Indian sailor whose family eagerly awaits his return for performing the last rites of his 11-month son who died earlier this week.

Asserting that Indian Mission in Accra was overseeing the developments in the case,spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said an official from the Mission has

travelled to Togo to approach the judge and make a plea on “compassionate ground” in this “heart-wrenching” incident.

Captain Sunil James is under arrest in west African country Togo since July on the charge of aiding pirates who had attacked and looted his Marshall Islands-flagged MT Ocean Centurion on July 16.

The spokesperson also said the mission and India’s Honorary Consul in Lome have been in touch with Togo authorities including the Minister of Justice since August 2,

when the matter came to their attention.

According to reports,the sailor’s 31-year-old wife Aditi and others in the family want James to conduct the last rites of his son whose body is lying in a hospital morgue since the toddler’s death from septicaemia on December 2.

It was reported that the infant,Vivaan,underwent an operation for intestinal gangrene but doctors could not save him as the infection had spread to his bloodstream.

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