February 21st, 2012
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Italian embassy to submit petition before HC

Killing of Indian fishermen italian-crewThiruvananthapuram: The Italian embassy shall submit a petition before the High court today, against the FIR filed against the Italian Marines who allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen. A senior Supreme Court lawyer has consented to provide counsel to the Italians. The Italian government wants to Fir to be squashed and insists that the naval officers who were acting in an attempt to prevent privacy should be tried under UN laws.

The Karunagapally First Class Judicial Magistrate K P Joy had remanded Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone , the two Italian marines who were on board of the Italian oil tanker Enrica Lexie to judicial custody for 14 days (till March 5).

They have been sent to police custody till February 23 for investigation. The duo will be produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Kollam on Thursday. The marines accompanied by Italian Consul General Giampaolo Cutillo and defence advocate B Raman Pillai were produced at the residence of the magistrate as Monday was a public holiday on account of Shivarathri. The police can move the court in case they need an extension of custody.

The defence counsel argued that the incident took place at 33 nautical miles from the coast, which means the incident occurred in international waters. Hence they insisted that Indian courts had no territorial jurisdiction over the case. However the magistrate deemed to be correct the prosecutor councils view that the incident occurred at 22.5 nautical miles from off the Kerala coast.. The contiguous zone jurisdiction of the country extended up to 24 nautical miles.

Meanwhile a diplomatic stand-off continues to prevail between India and Italy. Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi on Monday warned of “considerable differences” with India over the alleged killing of the two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates by the Italian soldiers. “There are currently considerable differences of a legal character. Up to now I have not seen the co-operation between India and Italy that would be desirable and would allow a quick resolution,” Mr Terzi said.



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