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Thursday, December 19, 2013


Captain Sunil James of oil tanker MT Ocean Centurian, who was arrested in July on charges of aiding pirates off the coast of Togo, has been released. He is set to leave for India later today. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Securing Captain James release was really difficult. President of Togo intervened and ensured justice." Akbaruddin on Wednesday had said that India's High Commissoner in Accra met with President Gnassingbe of Togo seeking early release of James and other Indian sailors. However, it not yet clear whether the charges levelled against Capt. James have been completely dropped. But Vijayan, another crew member of the vessel, who was arrested along with Capt, James, has also been released.

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