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Estonian rep not filled in on prosecutor's plans in ship guards case

Undersecretary Annely Kolk in India last summer. August 2016.
Undersecretary Annely Kolk in India last summer. August 2016. Source: (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Legal and Consular Affairs Annely Kolk met on Wednesday with the Advocate General of Tamil Nadu in India, but did not find out whether the acquittal of the ship guards will be appealed by the prosecution or not.

According to Kolk, her meeting with the advocate general took place in a constructive atmosphere, but no exact information was given regarding deadlines.

The undersecretary expressed hope that the court decision acquitting the ship guards would not be appealed and the men can return to Estonia as soon as possible.

The two officials agreed they would meet again on Thursday, when the undersecretary will also meet with Tamil Nadu's state secretary for foreign affairs.

Kolk also met with the Estonian ship guards themselves on Wednesday.

"It was really good to see them outside of a prison," she commented. "The men have travel documents, but in order to leave, they require a ton of stamps and of course an exit visa issued by the Indian state."

The Estonian ministry official has not met with the ship guards' lawyers, as to her knowledge, they are not currently in Chennai.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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