Italy,India stick to stand,Kerala wants to prosecute accused

Deadlock persisted in the talks between India and Italy as both sides reiterated their stand over the killing of two Indian fishermen by two Italian Navy marines

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 23, 2012 3:16:44 am

Deadlock persisted in the talks between India and Italy as both sides reiterated their stand over the killing of two Indian fishermen by two Italian Navy marines.

During the meeting between MoS for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and the visiting Italian Undersecretary of State Staffan de Mistura,New Delhi said law would take its course in India.

“As far as the law point is concerned,they have their interpretations and we have our interpretations… So as far as we are concerned in India,we certainly will go by our law,” Kaur told reporters.

Mistura said there was agreement on three points,but Kaur denied having reached any understanding. “The only agreement is that the law will take its own course,” she said.

Mistura maintained that the incident took place in “international waters”. “This tragic incident needs to be analysed properly and we can continue having a proper dialogue about finding a solution to it,” he said. At the same time,he said the ties between the two countries were “very important for all of us”.

Expressing regret over the incident,he said: “We do acknowledge that two Indian citizens died. No one doubts it and we are terribly sad. The second one is that the incident took place in international waters and at the same time the investigations will assert the exact position.”

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy,meanwhile,said his government would go ahead with prosecution of the two Italians,saying “it is the right and power of the state”.

Questioning the jurisdiction of Indian courts and police,Italian government and the two marines of the tanker moved the Kerala High Court,seeking quashing of the FIR charging them with murder of the two fishermen.

Pay Rs 25 lakh before ship leaves,says HC
Kochi:
The Kerala HC on Wednesday admitted a petition by the family of one of the slain fishermen,seeking Rs 1 crore compensation,and directed the owners of the Italian tanker,Enrica Lexie,to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 25 lakh. The court directed the port authorities to ensure that the ship was detained at the port till the bank guarantee was furnished. PTI

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