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    Weʼve raised £6,602 to To help 4 ex Paras including my close friend John Armstrong, who have been wrongly arrested & imprisoned in India since Oct 12th 2013.

    The North
    Funded on Monday, 10th October 2016

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    John, Bill, Paul and Nick are 4 ex Paras who served all over the world for our country including Iraq and Afghanistan protecting and helping others.

    They left the forces and began a career as Maritime Security Guards protecting vessels transiting the Indian Ocean and the HRA.

    On Oct 12th 2013, all of the crew and the security guards; 35 in total where arrested by the Indian officials for possession of illegal arms and environmental pollution. The crew and guards could not have known the arms carried were not registered and allowed in India. Nor did they know that the fuel bought and transferred to the ship was bought illegally. Meanwhile, the Farajallahs (the ships owners) both have arrest warrants out for them in India.

    The men were thrown in jail and ordered to stand trial for crimes against the state. While all charges were eventually dropped in July 2014 by the High Court of India, the men’s passports were confiscated so that they could not leave the country legally.

    But after almost a year of detention and living in limbo, the Supreme Court of India upheld the charges and remanded the men for trial. And, on January 11, 2016, after a brief trial all of the men were sentenced to five years of hard labour, and the nightmare continues for them and their families.

    Meanwhile, it appears that AdvanFort Company, the vessel’s owners, have done little to help the men. The company’s owners, Samir Farajallah, the company’s chairman and CEO, and his son, Ahmed, who acted as the president of U.S. based entity, quit paying the crew’s salaries in November 2013. They have also done little to provide legal assistance insisting that they thought it was their insurance company’s responsibility.

    For the wives and families of the crew, who are grateful for every media article that keeps their loved ones in the spotlight, it has been three long, brutal years. But, unfortunately, it could be many more years before the men are released and allowed to go home.

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    • Andrew Corcoran3 years ago
      Andrew Corcoran

      Andrew Corcoran

      3 years ago

      Last day today! 90 miles to go. Legs are feeling it big time today. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated! It's going to help the lads out so much! The running total is at £5787!!!! Can we reach 6k? I think so! Next stop Liverpool

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    • Andrew Corcoran3 years ago
      Andrew Corcoran

      Andrew Corcoran

      3 years ago

      Bike boxed, and good to go. Let's do this. The running total is now £4416!!! Let's get it to 5k!

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    • Andrew Corcoran3 years ago
      Andrew Corcoran

      Andrew Corcoran

      3 years ago

      After only a week of fundraising we are already at £2460!!! Thanks everyone who has donated! This will help the lads stuck in India so much!

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    Page last updated on: 10/10/2016 22.11

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    359

    • Helen corcoran

      Helen corcoran

      Oct 10, 2016

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 21, 2016

      £5.00

    • Fielding's

      Fielding's

      Sep 20, 2016

      £10.00

    • Colin Wilkinson

      Colin Wilkinson

      Sep 19, 2016

      £10.00

    • Emma Martin

      Emma Martin

      Sep 18, 2016

      I am so sorry that this happened to you all; I hope you can come home soon.

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 18, 2016

      £20.00

    • Melly Rands

      Melly Rands

      Sep 16, 2016

      It's a disgrace that the British Government hasn't sorted this out.

      £50.00

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    Andrew Corcoran

    Andrew Corcoran

    The North

    On the 9th of Sept 2016 I will be cycling coast - coast. Sunderland to Maryport through Johns home town of Wigton. Also on the 10th of Sept fellow paratrooper Paul Mannion will be doing 1000 pull-ups in 4 hours in Coventry city centre. Please dig deep and support both lads.

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