Captain Phoenix - presumably from Arizona, guess what? I can shoot from the hip too. So let’s get that out of the way. HOWEVER, since you haven’t said anything even remotely intelligent in your last post, I can’t really answer you, so you will please excuse me. Have a nice day and get well soon, do remember to take your meds, please?
Pikeman - the Indian legal system also has Fast Track capabilities. But in this specific case it seems that none of the Defendants have really asked for it. Wonder why?
john - good to learn you were in the Godavari basin, very pretty part of India, Kakinada, incidentally, was also where a large number of US Armed forces people were located during WW-II, Flying Boats and more, and their valour as well as democratic way of life are still spoken about. To answer your specific question - criminalisation of the seafarer is a larger global topic which does require being addressed though here sadly I am being drawn out into being attacked on grounds of being an Indian in India. The seafarer onboard is the last man in the chain and does become the fall guy, it has been so for ages now, what can be done to fix this please? A simple example would be the HEBEI SPIRIT case.
tugsailor - thank you your kind words. Get well soon. Do remember to take your meds.
Pikeman - yes, the legal system could do with some overhauling and improvement. Historically, whenever the Justice Delivery System has failed a people is when slavery to foreign rule happens next EXCEPT when the colonials come calling, then it is time to lampoon existing systems of all sorts and impose something which is a parody of Justice and then Justify this. We are currently stuck with the remnants of the British Justice system but change is afoot. And yes, one reason I quit sailing was to help my Dad recover his property, 17+5 years, so I know about that too.
Now that I’ve answered everybody, here is my point of view, again, for the larger topic at hand, with a request to people to please stop making this a spitting or pissing contest?
Memories of war-fleets from colonial countries entering the Indian Ocean economies are still fresh in the minds of indigenous coastal people in Africa, Asia and the Antipodes. Every now and then, therefore, it is time to remind the quite often redneck type descendants of the colonials that now we also have guns as well as a voice. Sure, come to the Indian Ocean economies to trade, but please leave your guns behind and do try to remove the Jones Act also while you are at it in the interests of real freedom to trade.
A lot would be solved if the real owners hiding behind the equally complicated legal system of, say, Delaware or Isle of Man as tax havens, would come forward. So before taking dumps on India, which may have been flavour of the day 200-400-600 years ago, think about it - how transparent is the legal system of the Western and other countries with their massive games on hiding basic truths like “who is the real owner of the ship?”
If that question was answered, I have a sneaking feeling that the crew would be off and home in a few days, so maybe that question should be addressed to the Governments of the people behind the ship please?
Thanks you & humbly submitted.
(Sorry for the delay in response but time zones and limit to number of posts per day prevail.)