Graham Stuart MP was yesterday able to reassure the family of Ray Tindall, the 38-year old former Army sergeant awaiting trial in India, that he is being properly cared for and is receiving appropriate consular support.
Mr Tindall is one of six British ex-Army soldiers arrested by the Indian authorities in October, where his vessel was helping to protect commercial shipping.
Mr Tindall was on board the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, operated by US maritime security AdvanFort, which was intercepted by the Indian coastguard en route to Egypt.
Mr Tindall’s mother and stepfather, Carole and David Edmonds, had been left for months without proper news of Ray. When the Keyingham-based family raised their concerns, Graham immediately contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was informed that Ray and the other British detainees have received ten visits from consular staff since their arrest and that their American employer has arranged legal representation.
Graham Stuart said:
“I have spoken to the Foreign Office about Ray’s detention in India and have received assurances that appropriate consular support is being offered. Ray and his colleagues have so far received ten visits from consular staff in prison and the company they were working for is providing legal support.
“Most importantly, I have been able to relay this news to Ray’s mother, Carole, who has naturally been desperately concerned. I have asked for steps to be taken to make sure she receives regular updates about Ray’s case.”
Ray’s mother, Carole Edmonds, said:
“I’m glad to hear the latest about Ray and relieved he’s getting the support he needs. I’m grateful to Graham for making the appropriate enquiries.”