There will be consequences PM warns Italy
The audacious breach of trust by the Italian government by not sending two marines guilty of manslaughter to face trial in India has put the government of India in a tight spot. The massive outrage in the country over the betrayal by the Italians and a belligerent Opposition has made the going tough for the UPA government, already pressure over various corruption scandals.
The one option being talked about is the possibility of the Indian government going to the extent of expelling the Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini. The envoy had himself given a sovereign guarantee following which, Supreme Court allowed the two marines to travel to and remain in Italy for four weeks and “return to India under the care, supervision and control of the Italian Republic.”
Yesterday, the envoy was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs and a strong protest was lodged against Italy’s refusal to send the marines back. However, given the sensitivities of International diplomacy, the decision would not be easy to take for New Delhi.
Italy challenged India’s right to try the sailors in Supreme Court, saying the shooting took place in international waters, outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.
India has demanded the return of two Italian marines to face trial for homicide in the country, rejecting the stand of the Italian government which has gone back on its assurances.
12.21 am Ready for discussion on Italian marines issue: PM
12.20 am Made it clear that Italian govt’s action not acceptable. If they don’t keep their word there’ll be consequences, says PM 12.15 am Italy marine crisis is a test for India, do not fail it, says Jaswant Singh
12.00 pm We are not enemies of India,working towards a solution and I am confident it will be found-Italy Envoy,Daniele Mancini on
11.40 am Confident that India and Italy will overcome difficulties following Italian refusal to send back two marines – Mancini.
11:16 am The govt is concerned about Italy’s refusal to send marines back to face trial in India.
11:16 am The House is agitated on the conduct of Italian govt on marines, says the PM.
11:15 am PM Manmohan Singh make statement in Parliament following Opposition uproar.
10.10 am Opposition raises the issue in the Lok Sabha.
10.40 am Very unfortunate that Italian government back on its word. Wont represent them in court anymore, marines’ counsel Harish Salve
10.30 am UPA should explain to the nation what actions it plans to take to ensure the return of the Italian marines to India to face trial.
10.30 am What action has the Govt taken so far? Does it have any plans to move for sanctions against Italy? asks Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
10 am Italian marines – It is not a case of diplomatic stand off. It is one of diplomatic send off, says Sushma Swaraj.
9.40 am BJP to raise the issue in Parliament.
9.30 am India may ask Italian envoy Daniele Mancini to leave India.
Italian marines Salvatore Latorre and Massimiliano Girone have been charged with killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012.
The two marines were allowed to go back to Italy to vote in February’s general elections after the Italian government gave an undertaking to the Indian Supreme Court of returning within four weeks.
The sailors, members of a military security team protecting the cargo ship Enrica Lexie, said they mistook the fishermen for pirates.
Indian authorities accuse the sailors of shooting unarmed fishermen in a “contiguous zone” where Indian law applies.
On January 18, the apex court had turned down the Italian government’s plea that the Indian courts had no jurisdiction in the case and had held that the two marines should be tried by the Centre by constituting a special court to conduct their trial.