Italy govt moves UN over trial of marines

Indian authorities have given their nod to the NIA.

Rome | Published:February 13, 2014 1:29 am
Italy said it would exercise ‘all options’ to bring back marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. Italy said it would exercise ‘all options’ to bring back marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone.

Italy has petitioned the UN over the trial of its two marines who are presently in India under a strict anti-piracy law for killing two Indian fishermen, and said it would exercise “all options” to bring back the naval personnel.

Italy has “initiated contact” with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights over “the lack of charges” and the “restriction of freedom” placed on the marines since 2012, Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said.

“The High Commissioner for Human Rights has agreed to assess the petition,” she was quoted as saying by Italian news agency ANSA.

Her comments came a day after Prime Minister Enrico Letta warned that Italy and the EU would “react” to India’s “unacceptable” move to invoke a strict anti-piracy law against marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone.

Bonino also reiterated her country’s support to the two marines. “Our marines are neither terrorists nor pirates. They carry out a role in the name of the Italian government,” she told parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committees.

After the hearing, the chairs said they plan to write to their counterparts in all the EU member states and the European Parliament to seek international support.

Meanwhile, sources told ANSA that Rome might freeze a number of treaties being negotiated with India. Indian authorities have given their nod to the NIA, which is probing the matter, to prosecute the marines under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation And Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act. However, last week, the MHA had revoked the clause which attracts the death penalty in the chargesheet against the two.

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    Anand
    Feb 13, 2014 at 2:57 am
    If Italy can demand Amanda Knox to return to Italy to face her charges, then why should they object to their Marines to be held in India for trial over the killings of the fishermen?
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    Chimera
    Feb 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Because Amanda Knox has killed on italian soil, while the accident, if really happened, between Erica Lexie and indian fishermen happened in international waters, beyond indian borders and where international sea treats recognize that the state's of the ship flag of the supposed guilty ( italy ) is the one with the right to judicate. Plain and simple. Just because the comparison is particularly stupid...Knox killed and english citizen but england is not claiming any right to enforce its own penal code because it knows that it has no right to do it. India Has still a lot to learn....
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    Chimera
    Feb 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Because Amanda Knox has killed on italian soil, while the accident, if really happened, between Erica Lexie and indian fishermen happened in international waters, beyond indian borders and where international sea treats recognize that the state's of the ship flag of the supposed guilty ( italy ) is the one with the right to judicate. Plain and simple. Just because the comparison is particularly stupid...Knox killed and english citizen but england is not claiming any right to enforce its own penal code because it knows that it has no right to do it. India Has still a lot to learn....
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    Chimera
    Feb 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    Because Amanda Knox has killed on italian soil, while the accident, if really happened, between Erica Lexie and indian fishermen happened in international waters, beyond indian borders and where international sea treats recognize that the state's of the ship flag of the supposed guilty ( italy ) is the one with the right to judicate. Plain and simple. Just because the comparison is particularly stupid...Knox killed and english citizen but england is not claiming any right to enforce its own penal code because it knows that it has no right to do it. India Has still a lot to learn....
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    Federico
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:30 am
    They are marines. Different law.
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    Federico
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:30 am
    They are marines. Different law.
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    Maxbit
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:57 am
    Amanda Knox has already been tried and convicted. Her extradition however will be requested only if the new trial will be found guilty.
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    Maxbit
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:57 am
    Amanda Knox has already been tried and convicted. Her extradition however will be requested only if the new trial will be found guilty.
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