The sister of jailed Ashington man Nick Dunn hopes he could be home for Christmas after a judge ordered his appeal must be heard within a fortnight.
Loved ones of the so-called Chennai Six, who are currently languishing in a prison in India, have been campaigning for their release since they were arrested in October 2013.
The ex-servicemen, who a British lawyer said are victims of a miscarriage of justice, were first jailed on weapons charges while working as security guards on ships to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.
Mr Dunn’s sister Lisa, of Ashington, Northumberland, said: “We have been waiting for a judgment on the appeal for a whole year and so we put in an appeal to a higher court.
“They have acknowledged that appeal and said a judgment needs to be issued in the next few weeks, which means there’s every chance they could be back for Christmas.
“So the Foreign Office needs to really get behind this and work with the lawyers when the verdict is issued, in giving them exit visas.”
Stephen Askins, a lawyer who has been fighting for justice for the six men, tweeted: “It may be working …. Supreme Court says that the appeal judgement must be issued within 14 days.
“Waiting for certified order. Big development for the good.”
Ms Dunn said the…