Indian govt approves agreement on prisoner transfers with Estonia
The Indian Cabinet has endorsed an agreement between India and Estonia on the transfer of sentenced persons, the Business Standard reported on Thursday.
No light at the end of the tunnel for ship guards
Estonian ship guards will soon have spent three years in India during which they've been incarcerated, released on bail, acquitted, and later found guilty and sentenced to prison again. The men are currently in jail, waiting for a ruling to set them free.
12.10.2016, Toomas RandloPM
«I stay away from the Al-Qaeda and Taliban bunch and mind my own business»
It's quite a feat for the ship guards to talk to loved ones. Cannot call over the phone, no Internet... The usual is for acquaintances to take letters into the prison, and then take the answers out. My interview with Lauri Ader went via his mother emailing back and forth with people in India.
03.06.2016, Toomas RandloPM
Estonian ship guards imprisoned in India decide to appeal
Estonian ship guards who were on Jan. 11 sentenced to prison for five years in India have decided to appeal the decision and at the same time submit a request to be released for bail, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said.
Having abandoned ship guards, employer still in business
Advanfort, employer of the ships guards jailed in India, is still in business and, surprisingly, even contacted Estonian foreign ministry last week promising to help the Seaman Guard Ohio crew now behind bars.
22.01.2016, Toomas RandloPM
Five years in jail explained
While lawyer to ship guards Palanivel Muthusamy claimed they managed to refute almost all accusations against the Estonians, the verdicts reveals that only two fell away from five.
19.01.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Ukraine, UK, Estonia to mull Indian court's verdict on ship guards
Ukrainian diplomats intend to discuss with British and Estonian colleagues the verdict passed by an Indian court on crew and maritime guards of the Seaman Guard Ohio, Yevhen Ignatovsky from the consular service department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Editorial: how much more left to live as inmates in India?
After over two long years in India, the five year prison sentence was bad news for ship guards and loved ones. And to all of us hoping for the best.
Five years behind Indian bars for fourteen Estonians
Yesterday, Tuticorin court in India sent 14 Estonian ship guards into prison for five years. As the sentence was proclaimed, the ship guards were taken straight to prison from the courtroom. The ship guards and their representatives have 90 days to decide whether to appeal.
12.01.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Indian court sentences ship guards to five years in jail
The Tuticorin court in India has sentenced Estonian anti-piracy guards to five years' imprisonment.
Hearing of Estonian ship guards' case in India to start on Aug 24
Hearing of the case of Estonian maritime security guards held in India since October 2013 is to start at the Tuticorin court on Aug. 24.
Hearing of Estonian ship guards postponed in India
The court hearing of Estonian maritime security guards held in India which was supposed to take place on Monday in Tuticorin was postponed because two accused Indian citizens were missing from the hearing.
Supreme Court of India ends debate in Estonian ship guards' case
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday ended the debate in the case of the 14 Estonian maritime guards held in India since October 2013 after hearing the arguments of their defense and is expected to pronounce its judgement soon.
India's top court holds first hearing in Estonian ship guards' case
The Supreme Court of India on Friday held the first hearing in the case of the 14 Estonian maritime guards held in India since October 2013, but the court did not make a decision and the next hearing is to take place in April.
Kaljurand: Ship guards' case is overshadowing Estonia's relationship with India
According to Marina Kaljurand, deputy secretary general of the Estonian Foreign Ministry for political affairs, the relationship between Estonia and India is suffering because the Tamil Nadu high court in Madurai has not been able to solve the case of the Estonian ship guards detained in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Ship guard: British embassy unaware of quashed charges
British ship guard John Armstrong on Wednesday said that the embassy of United Kingdom in India wasn’t aware until today, that the quashing of the charges was still in effect.
17.12.2014, Toomas RandloPM
India drowns ship guards in sea of bureaucracy
In all likelihood, the 14 Estonian ship guards acquitted in July will need to celebrate their second Christmas in India – the local officialdom unwavering under pressure by foreign ministry, calls by international organisations and applications by lawyer to let the men go home.
08.12.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Estonian MEPs ask Mogherini's help to bring ship guards home from India
Estonian members of the European Parliament have put an inquiry concerning the Estonian and British anti-piracy personnel embroiled in legal battles in India to the European Union's foreign policy chief.
Ship guards again faced with jail
Estonian, British, Ukrainian and Indian ship guards apprehended in India over seven months ago are again threatened with imprisonment, says their employer AdvanFort, as insurance companies refuse to make payments and the men may lose their accommodation.
12.06.2014, Toomas RandloPM
Ship guards: invited over, at gunpoint
The men held in Indian jail close to half year say they’ve never been interrogated, neither has any official substantiated their arrest.
07.04.2014, Toomas Randlo