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We are on solid legal ground, says Italy

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Italian Foreign Minister Fiulio Terzi said “We have juridically solid reasons to proceed in the direction of international arbitration.” File photo
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Italian Foreign Minister Fiulio Terzi said “We have juridically solid reasons to proceed in the direction of international arbitration.” File photo

It has sought international arbitration in the marines case.

Amidst a diplomatic row with India, Italy has said it is on solid legal ground in seeking international arbitration in the case of the Italian marines charged with killing of two Indian fishermen.

“We have juridically solid reasons to proceed in the direction of international arbitration,” Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi told reporters as he arrived at an international conference being hosted by an Israeli think-tank in the city of Herzliya.

“The Indian government is amply apprised of all it needs to know about our reasons, as do many of our partners,” he was quoted as saying by media reports.

Already-strained relations between Rome and New Delhi notched up on Monday when the Italian government announced that marines Salvatore Latorre and Massimiliano Girone would remain in Italy and not return to India to face murder charges after being allowed to come home to vote in February’s general election by the Supreme Court.

The Apex Court had allowed them to go to Italy to cast their vote in the elections there after Italian Ambassador to India Daniele Mancini had given an assurance to send them back.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Wednesday noted that the country is agitated over Italy’s action which is “unacceptable” and said the government will pursue diplomatic channels to bring the two marines back.

Taking a tough stand, the Prime Minister also accused Italy of violating “every rule of diplomatic discourse” and asked it to send back the two marines undergoing trial for killing Indian fishermen, failing which there will be consequences on bilateral ties.

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If ITALY believes they are on SOLID LEGAL GROUND, why didn't they say so in the Indian Supreme Court and REFUSE the Court's "mercy permit" to take the marines out of India? Why did they "solemnly" accept the terms and undertake to bring them back on March 23?

Does Italy want to proclaim to the world "We are neither honest nor honourable"?

from:  R Menon
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013 at 09:03 IST

What does "our partners" mean here ? Does Italy want to drag the EU in
this bilateral affair ? Inclusion of any might not sound so good for

from:  Anurag
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 17:34 IST

The language of Somali pirates befits such diplomats and their countries. I am sorry to say this but then Italy should not have lied before the Supreme Court, and, instead raised it for International arbitration. The de facto question that begs the answer: can a murder committed on high seas against foreign nationals not subject to any law? If this logic is accepted what moral right does the world community have to arrest/kill them?

from:  Swapan Chakravarthy
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 17:33 IST

Maybe solid legal grounds but weak ethical grounds.

from:  joy
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 17:23 IST

This is sheer disheartening that Italy is seeking international arbitration. Until yesterday the news coming in was that the Italy is positively looking into the matter. Why they did not seek International arbitration when they wanted to take the 2 culprit to Italy? It is absolutely back stabbing to India and diplomatically they are challenging Indian government that we are ready to deal with the consequences which your PM was roaring yesterday.

from:  Gaurav Acharya
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 17:08 IST

Mr MMS.. what do you think? the Italian Marines will come back and languish in Indian prisons for ages and serve India for their life time?. Whats the point? The Italian Marines did not kill for any gain, so there was no murder motive behind this. The killing incident was an accident. And they were in Indian Prison for an year. There was a compensation for 25L given to families..If needed you can ask for more. Dont waste the countries effort, money on trying to bring back the Marines. This is not going to help the bereaved families. So pl spend the effort in helping the bereaved families.Just demand for more financial assistance and provide your own assistance for them.

from:  Swamy
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 16:58 IST

Not surprising! Considering the way law is conducted in India and all the suspicious
hangings and supposed suicides that have been taking place recently. If it was me,
i'd have any other country judge me rather than this one run by a band of thieves
and outdated autocrats whose wickedness will never allow them to know the right

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 16:49 IST

This strange behaviour of Italy certainly makes a mockery of Indian Judiciary and Criminal Jurisprudence.A matured democracy of EU violating the diplomatic discourse and taking the Indian Supreme court's good faith for granted reinforces firmly the widely held perception of discriminatory attitude of white world into a fact by exhibiting scant regards for diplomatic relations with Asian Nations.We hope a better wisdom prevails on the part of Italian Embassy Officials and Foreign Ministry of Italian Government.

from:  Venkatakrishnan
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 16:41 IST

The fact remains same, Italy has trashed indian law. It is shame for indian govt and nation, if it fails to exercise its influence to bring back the accused before indian court.

from:  Tarsem
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 16:01 IST

it is ok if you have solid legal ground but what is need of telling lie
to the indian supreme court

from:  satyam
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 15:52 IST

Government should inform to Italy Goverment and to the whole World that they can not interfier in our matter which occour into our territory

from:  ankit kumar
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013 at 15:48 IST
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