One of the six freed veterans released from a prison in Chennai, India has spoken out at the lack of support by the UK government and Foreign & Commonwealth Office saying he feels “disgusted and betrayed”.
His family fought tirelessly with lawyers to free the six men which resulted in their release last month after an appeal overturned their conviction and found all men not guilty of arms offences.
Mr Irving’s fiancee Yvonne MacHugh, who campaigned tirelessly for his release, described former foreign secretary Philip Hammond as “next to useless and uninterested at best”.
She accused current incumbent Boris Johnson of “hypocrisy” for saying the FCO had worked on the case “unstintingly”.
“Billy and the other men would’ve been free two years ago if they had been truly there for us,” she said.
Her partner described his ordeal – during which he contracted dysentery and lost three stone – as an “unbelievable nightmare” and spoke of his sorrow over being “robbed” of seeing his 33-month-old son William grow up.