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6 Indian seamen freed from Egyptian jail after 2 yrs; meet Sushma Swaraj

PTI
Published Mar 2, 2016, 8:26 pm IST
Updated Mar 2, 2016, 8:26 pm IST
The men were arrested in February 2014 near the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Photo: PTI)
 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Six Indian seamen languishing in a jail in Egypt for over two years on charges of drug-trafficking have been released and returned home on Wednesday.

On their return, they met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

 

"Continuing help to Indians in distress abroad. EAM @SushmaSwaraj meets 6 seamen who have returned from Egypt," the MEA Spokesperson tweeted.

The six Indian men were arrested in February 2014 near the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egypt, while they were employed in a Greek-owned ship - Callisto, which was en route from the UAE to Egypt.

Subsequently, a case of drug trafficking was filed against the Captain, Engineer (both Syrian nationals), and the six Indian seamen.

Swaraj, during her visit to Egypt on August 25 last year, had met the six men and raised their issue with Egyptian Foreign Minister.

 

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