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Togo urged to free Indians detained in piracy case

Togo urged to free Indians detained in piracy case
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India on Wednesday urged the western African nation of Togo to take steps for the early release of five Indian nationals who were detained in July...

New Delhi: India on Wednesday urged the western African nation of Togo to take steps for the early release of five Indian nationals who were detained in July 2013 in connection with an allegedly piracy case.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised the issue during a bilateral meeting with Togo's Foreign Minister Robert Dussey who is here to attend the ongoing third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS).

"We raised the question of five Indian nationals who have been in detention in Togo since July 2013," Sanjiv Kohli, joint secretary (West Africa) in the ministry of external affairs, said in a media briefing.

"So we requested for an early release of these Indian detainees. They were picked up in an incident allegedly involving piracy," he said.

It relates to the case involving Indian ship captain Sunil James and another sailor, Vijayan, who were also detained by the Togo authorities when they went to make a complaint against piracy after their ship was looted in the sea. Both were released in December 2013.
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