April 28th, 2012
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Change in statement of Freddy is disgrace to the country: VS

AchuthananthanThiruvanathapuram: Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan said that the change in statement of Mr J Freddy, the owner of the Indian boat, after receiving the out of court settlement amount from the Italian’s was a disgrace to the entire country. The Italian government and the Central government have left no stone unturned in their united attempt to sabotage the case, he added.

The Centre and the state governments should conduct a comprehensive investigation into the change in the stand of the victims family members after receiving the compensation amount, VS added. According to the opposition leader, the agreement between the victim’s family and the Italian government is a part of a controversy to squash the case. He stated that it is impossible for an Indian to enter into agreement with the government of foreign country without the knowledge of the government. The entire agreement between the victim’s family and the foreign nationals has rolled out before our eyes like an interesting drama, he observed.

Meanwhile the fishermen across the state will form a human chain today  along the coastal belt of the state demanding safety for life and employment.The agitation is being organised by the organisations in the fisheries sector, voluntary organisations, NGOs and boat owners. The Latin Catholic Church has also offered its support for the agitation. The demands of the fishing community include safety for life and employment, Centere’s intervention for curbing navigation of merchant vessels in the territorial waters of India and strict surveillance of the Navy and Coast Guard along Kerala coast.

On April 24 family members of the deceased Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki had reached a compromise with Italian authorities and each family accepted Rs 1 crore as compensation. Justice PS Gopinathan made an oral observation that going back on the original petition in criminal cases would not help meet the ends of justice. The High Court yesterday, approved the out of court settlement reached between Italy and J Freddy owner of the Indian boat which was fired upon by two marines on board of Enrica Lexie. Justice AM Shaffique recorded the Lok Adalat order accepting the out of court settlement for Rs 17 lakh. The court disposed of his plea seeking Rs 72 lakh as compensation.

Mr Freddy in a signed statement said the Italian marines should not be prosecuted under the FIR registered at Neendakara police station. Mr Feddy said he had pardoned the two marines responsible of the killing in the name of Jesus. The bench yesterday slammed Mr Freddy and the families of the fishermen for going back on their original petition and said “once money changed hands everyone changed their stance.”


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