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Updated: February 10, 2014 02:10 IST

Indian move upsets Italy

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Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre (right) and Salvatore Girone. Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said India’s move to try two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fisherman under an anti-piracy act has left her “dumbfounded and outraged”. File photo
PTI Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre (right) and Salvatore Girone. Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said India’s move to try two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fisherman under an anti-piracy act has left her “dumbfounded and outraged”. File photo

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has vowed to legally challenge in the “strongest terms” India’s move to try two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen, under an anti-piracy Act. Ms. Bonino said the decision left her “dumbfounded and outraged.”

“Certain indications that come from New Delhi about the legal proceedings against our marines leave me dumbfounded and outraged,” Bonino said. “Our commitment to bring home Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone is stronger than ever,” she was quoted as saying in the Italian media.

Her remarks came in the backdrop of the Home Ministry giving sanction to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to prosecute the Italian marines under the new provision of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (SUA).

The SUA carries the death sentence. But India last week spared them from the possibility of getting death penalty by asking the NIA to dilute the charges against them from murder to violence.

The Marines, who were on-board Italian vessel ‘Enrica Lexie’, allegedly shot dead the two fishermen on Feb. 15, 2012 off Kerala coast.

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Very funny Italy... The crime occurred in Indian soil. Even if it was the International waters, the fishermen were shot in an Indian vessel - making it Indian soil. The place where they died is where the crime was committed, not where they were shot from. From your logic, we can extend it to say that you guys can go ahead and shoot (from an Italian ship) whomever you see in International waters, and later insist that you should be tried in Rome.

I think the days are past over when India would bend over backwards to accommodate EU and USA. And you know it too, sadly enough. Two Indians were shot in cold-blood by trigger happy soldiers, where there was no need to do it. Justice has to be delivered. And the Indian public is very angry. I don't think India would even bother about what Italy or EU thinks and says.

from:  Raam krishna
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 23:10 IST

Victims are Indians. And these Indians were killed by those foreigners.
Whether intentionally or by accident, it does not matter.

Our brothers were killed and we have the right to react what we feel
right. That is it. No blah, blah please!

(When will India become like Israel or US who react fearless?)

from:  Lakshmanan B
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 13:59 IST

When countries like Saudi Arabia can prosecute foreign national by capital punishment, why can't India do the same. Why does it needs to dilute an Act.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 09:41 IST

Ms. Bonino too should realize that Indians too felt outraged and were left dumbfounded here by the irresponsible act of their marines of killing the two Indian fishermen taking them to be pirates, without ascertaining this fact following due procedure. She would do well to allow Indian law take its own course under appropriate provision, instead of trying to influence it by issuing strong statements. Had she behaved in the same manner if the country wronged against were US instead of India? Or, is it that she does not believe in equality of justice.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 09:37 IST

the fact is happened onto international waters, so guilt should be judged by international court.

from:  peace
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 02:06 IST

Ever thought of the law that will be enforced, if Indian sailors had
an encounter with local citizens in leisure or at work in any European
or American waters? It will be treated as crime and regular trails
will be carried out, maybe even a label of terrorism will be stamped.

Every nation should respect laws abroad and should not take it
personal.

Let Justice be worked out according to our judicial ethics and codes.
That is why we have a constitution, which we are all protected within.

Anyone who favors Italy in this case, should question themselves about
their reaction, if it were their own relatives, close family, forever
friends, a spouse or own kids?

We are all brothers and sisters and my heart is for my country men.
Let a fair trail be conducted our law be respected. Treat fishermen as
Indian citizens, like you and me.

Let this incident be a lesson for rest of the world and the waters be
free and safe for our hardworking fishermen, who brings us a good
catch!

from:  sheroy
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 21:35 IST

No one is above the law. So the marines must deserve whatever the law defines

from:  K C Milan
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 18:44 IST

Send these Italians to jail do not bring the dead back. Find a
amicable solution, make sure the widows and kids get compensation
for their loss. We need European support. Last 67 years of corrupt
rule ended up all four sides with enemies. If there is a real war
like 1961 this country will loose a lot. Those who make noise
to send these Italians to jail will regret one day. Believe me this country is heading to that direction and faster.

from:  TPaul
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 18:31 IST

Home Ministry asking NIA to charge the Marines under SUA but dilute it so that there is no death penalty is absurd. When SUA act is invoked it is for terrorism and piracy and punishment is death. How they can dilute it. It is the court to decide the quantum of punishment and not the investigating agency though the prosecution can demand maximum punishment. I do not think that in the history of court a prosecution has asked for leniency to the court whom it has proved an offender. If CBI has taken up the case and went ahead as a murder case under IPC none of these complications would have arose. Tomorrow it will be known what Supreme Court has to say to this new move by Home Ministry.

from:  vkguptan
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 18:21 IST

It was an outrage done by the Italian Marine and India has full freedom
to expedite their trail under Indian Judiciary. At the same time India
should maintain this kind of action against Sri-Lanka as well as whereas
Sri Lankan Navy commits numerous crimes against Tamil Nadu fisherman and
killing them on a regular basis on the Kanchatheevu sea belt.

from:  STANLY MJ
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 17:21 IST

using strong words she had said the two Italian marines facing trial are “neither terrorists nor pirates”
what about our men? are they pirates or terrorists? Poor fisher men,
striving hard to make their living... don't they have the right to live?
why our ministers are silent to this issue? We too must make strong statements...

from:  Jithu
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 17:04 IST

Compensation has been paid. They have been incarcerated long enough.
Time to release them. They were just doing their duty they thought.

from:  Vinod Kumar
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 16:19 IST
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