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Italian Marines must face Indian law: Chandy

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Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy made it clear that the crime was committed in the Indian waters and the two marines must face the Indian law. File Photo: S. Mahinsha
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Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy made it clear that the crime was committed in the Indian waters and the two marines must face the Indian law. File Photo: S. Mahinsha

Notwithstanding the pressure being mounted by Italy, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has ruled out transfer of two Italian marines, held for allegedly killing two fishermen, to their home country for trial.

Mr. Chandy made it clear that the crime was committed in the Indian waters and the two marines must face the Indian law.

“Our stand is very clear, very open...The two soldiers of Italy committed a crime within the purview of Indian law.... They have to face this trial. That is our stand,” he told PTI.

His statement came at a time when Italy has been building pressure on the Centre as well as the State government for transfer of the two marines to their home country for trial.

Italian Defence Minister Giam Paolo di Paolo met Mr. Chandy three days back to press this issue.

Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Gironi, on board vessel ‘Enrica Lexie’, were arrested for allegedly gunning down the two fishermen of Kerala on February 15.

Italian counsel has approached Kerala High Court seeking quashing of the FIR against the marines.

Mr. Chandy underlined that the Indian judiciary is “very fair, very open and very independent” and the accused can seek justice in this country.

Asked what he would do if the Centre tries to influence the State government on the issue on diplomatic ground, the Chief Minister made it clear that he would not change his stand.

He said the Central government was extending full support to the State.

At the same time, Mr. Chandy said Italy is a friendly country and he wanted the diplomatic relations to continue.

Relations between India and Italy have been under stress ever since the arrest of the two marines.

Dear all ,Following you can find ' Pursuit right of Ships committing crime' Paragraph 2.1 and I quote a paragraph the right of hot pursuit, "and allowed the pursuit of a foreign ship when the competent authorities of the coastal State have reasonable grounds to believe that it has violated laws and regulations of that State. Tracking should begin when the foreign ship or one of his lance is located in inland waters "etc. etc. Therefore if this it is happened in international waters, judgement has to be made in the country of origin. Even if it had been allowed by international laws (but it isn't) the military shoot following the rules of engagement did not commit a crime, were obey to the rules of engagement give from their own country. The country at most can recognize their liability and riscarcire damage, the criminal trial is done according to its own laws. And I swear that is not fascism change, it is only logically and international law ...

from:  Franco
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 18:16 IST

It is clear that what's happened it is a crime, but... there are too many things that lacks in this history - I repeat Hindu's reader can go into internet and check exacly how this story went looking into other newspaper.....

from:  Franco
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 16:53 IST

It is a welcome move by Kerala Chief Minister. However, given the fact that the Congress Chief is Italian and the previous instances of leniency shown towards the Purulia Arms Drop Case accused, it remains to be seen whether the guilty will actually get punished or this is just another case of political posturing intended for a specific audience - namely the Kerala voters. Actions speak louder than mere words.

from:  R Lakshminarayanan
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 18:42 IST

I agree with his stand. Nobody should not be above the law, and justice has to done, towards those who died. At the same time i don't understand what these so called forensic specialists inquiring about the incident,is doing. No result on the matter confirming that its done by Italian Marines, giving more support to Italian claims, though it has been ages. Its quite obvious that they shoot them and lied to the Indian govt initially. Since its in Indian territory Indian Law must prevail.

from:  Alan
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 17:38 IST

Dear C.M of Kerala . You had shown the courage to defend the common Indian citizen from vested interests and Pressure . But one thing --Italian Mafia is strong and they will even try to do a coveted secret mission to rescue them -- Be careful .Let all other C.Ms' in India show the same guts.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 17:34 IST

We should always remember birds of same feathers flock together. No it is clear that an Italian is an Italian; otherwise why not let the law take its own course which will be years.

from:  Mani Iyer
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 16:52 IST

I fully agree with CM decision. If the two Italian soldiers would be delivered to Italy they never would be judged by an Italian court or if judge immediately release, promoted and honoured with a medal. For Italian media they are victims of India! And it is also to say that meanwhile Italian people are suffering under the every-day increasing of taxes, food prices, heating etc. these two fellows are paid with public money the unbelievable amount of 15.000 Euros per month! For what? For killing innocents?

from:  Mario
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 16:33 IST

The Italians protest too much! Is it a European - Asiatic thing. One superior to the other. Surely those days and attitudes are long gone. Stop fooling yourself Italy! India is a democratic country and an equal among nations. It's laws and processes are of equal value. Italy must accept their citizens are subject to the due process of the law of the country where their alleged crimes were committed. Stand firm Kerala/India!

from:  rajagopal raman
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 16:29 IST

For God's sake, stop upholding the Indian judiciary, where murderers are left to roam free and affected languishing. The circumstances where Italian marines held in International waters are still a mystery. While so, why this drama of deprivation, fair trail and justice. Besides, people in India killed for petty issues. Can we look into this first as the media abroad has flashed this many times now. Indians in Italy are directly affected due to this unwanted drama. Students, businesses and workers from India are sidelined and humiliated in Italy due to the negative propaganda of their nationals. Act wise and stop writing crap.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 16:08 IST

I request the chief minister not to budge from the principled stand he has taken vis a vis the two Italian marines, no matter what the pressure. Sending the culprits to their homeland for trial would not only deprive the victims' family members chance of receiving a fair trial and justice, but also show the Indian justice system in a bad light, of being inferior and incompetent.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 14:54 IST

I am so proud that Mr Chandy has made it clear to the Italians that the crime they have committed is not small. How on earth could these men come down to the waters of another country and kill two innocent lives (may be just for fun and for proving their pseudo manhood). They should be punished and punished real hard. They should be put to a mandatory sentence and should be liable for life to take care of the family of these two innocent men they killed (under some pretext that they are pirates). Who the hell thinks that indian coasts have pirates. I think Italians has really crossed their limits here and should be punished.

from:  Priyanka Bansal
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 14:13 IST

Will italy send the killers of Italian fishermen killed by Indian marines in Italian waters for justice? What a strange demand?

from:  S. Ahmad
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 13:10 IST
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