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Updated: March 21, 2013 00:51 IST

Will explore all options to bring back marines: Manmohan

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Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the government would continue to explore every diplomatic and legal option to ensure the return of the two Italian marines, accused of having shot dead two Indian fishermen, to stand trial in India.

The Supreme Court, the Prime Minister pointed out in his reply to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s letter dated March 12, had permitted the two marines to leave India and remain in Italy for four weeks beginning February 22 on the basis of the Italian ambassador’s undertaking to return them to New Delhi on or before March 22.

“I share the sense of national outrage over the communication from the Italian government that the two marines will not return to India,” he said in the letter, released for publication here on Wednesday.

“As I have stated in Parliament, our government has made it clear that these actions by the Government of Italy are not acceptable. They violate every rule of diplomatic discourse and call into question the solemn commitment given by an accredited representative of a sovereign government to our Supreme Court and would, naturally, cast a shadow on our relationship. Our government has insisted that the Italian authorities respect the undertaking given to the Honourable Supreme Court,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr. Singh said the Ministry of External Affairs had conveyed its stand unambiguously to the Italian ambassador in New Delhi on March 12.

I believe there are many more important problems in the country which need to be
deal with. The two marines should be sent back and made sure they are prosecuted
in their home country. Also, the government should help the victims family in the
best possible way.

- Sharon Raj Koppolu

from:  Sharon Raj Koppolu
Posted on: Mar 22, 2013 at 02:40 IST

Prime Minister of India S Manmohan Singh says that the Government will
bring back the Italian Marines back to India who are facing Trial in the
Court for the death of Two Fisherman . P.M. Manmohan Singh has taken
steps with the Italian Government send back the Marines but the question
arises if they fail to send them back to India what India will take
action against Italy and its Envoy who has been halted to leave the
country by Supreme Court of India .

Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 07:17 IST

Why not issue a red corner notice?, once issued will not Italy be bound to arrest and deport them?

from:  thiru ramanathan
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 04:26 IST

If the facts have happened in international waters, the trial should be held by international court, regardless of whether who would be guilty in the happenings.

So Europe hasn´t death penalty.

from:  principio
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 02:35 IST

It is irresponsible and shameful that the Italian Government asked its Ambassador to submit a FALSE sworn affidavit to the supreme Court of India to bring back the two marines within the time allowed. However, it was a preplanned trick of the Italian Government. Worse for their Ambassador is that he violated himself the terms of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity by directly submitting a false affidavit to the Supreme Court of the host country, resulting in the contempt of the Court. The Ambassador's only channel of communication under the Vienna Convention is the Ministry of External Affairs, which he ignored rendering the Ministry powerless to protect his diplomatic immunity. He has no immunity until he brings back the two marines. The International community should understand this fact.

from:  MP Singh
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 02:11 IST
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