Pathanapuram: In a case of drug haul, Praveen who has been jailed in Kenya, will finally be set free after three-and-half years with the Kenyan High court ruling in his favour.

Last month a lower court had ruled in his favour but the prosecution had filed an appeal in the High Court.

After the verdict was announced, it is assumed that Praveen, a Punnala native, will come home within three days.

Praveen Prabakaran, after his marine engineering course, was working in an Iranian ship. In May 2014, the ship was sold to a Pakistani. The new owner terminated all others except Praveen and Delhi native Vikas. They were forced to continue their jobs in the ship. An Irani and nine Pakistanis were working in the ship apart from them.

The ship which started the journey allegedly for Dubai was actually set to Kenya. The Kenyan police found a large haul of drugs from the ship. Everyone in the ship were arrested.

Marine Forum Charities intervened in the matter to release Praveen who was kept in jail without trial. They contacted the Central government and the Indian embassy in Kenya for the same.

On Friday, Praveen was released from jail and is now staying with the Malayalee association members.

His parents Prabakaran Nair and Devayani are excited after hearing the news. Marine Forum for Charities President Joji Mathew George and his team distributed sweets.