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Sister of jailed ex-soldier 'optimistic' over new appeal: WATCH VIDEO

The sister of a former soldier being held in an Indian prison says she's optimistic a new appeal could set him free.

Joanne Tomlinson from Wigton is fighting to get her brother John Armstrong released after he was detained along with five other Britons.

The so-called Chennai Six had been working as security guards on board a ship when they were arrested by the Indian authorities.

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Protest at Indian embassy for release of ex-soldiers

John Armstrong

A protest was held at India's High Commission in London at 2pm today, Friday 16 June, to call for the release of six former British soldiers.

The men, including John Armstrong from Wigton, were jailed in India on firearm charges in 2013.

Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to bring up the case of the men during a state visit to India in late 2016.

The Prime Minister raised it with Indian Prime Minister Modi during her visit to India in November 2016, and the Foreign Secretary raised it with his Indian counterpart in January. On each occasion, they stressed the importance of seeing progress. To underline the importance of the case, the Chancellor of the Exchequer raised it when he met the Indian Finance Minister in April.

– Foreign & Commonwealth Office Spokesperson

In March 2017, John Armstrong told his family he had been beaten, attacked and injected with mystery drugs while in prison.

The men and their families have continued to maintain their innocence.

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