April 25th, 2012
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Italian marines: Jail authorities permit entry to AP photographers denying same to Indian’s

italian-marinesThiruvananthapuram: Jail authorities breached existing jail rules and permitted foreign photographers to enter the premisses of the central jail here to take snaps of the Italian marines and their relatives. This matter has become highly controversial. Associate Press photographer who was permitted to enter the jail premisses took snaps of the elated Italian marines who were hugging their relatives. These snaps were published in major newspaper’s including in some in Italy.

The jail authorities are accused of being partial for they denied permission to all Kerala photographers and permitted only Associate Press photographer to enter. When the Kerala photographers sought permission they were denied it by stating that it would be violation of jail rules that prohibits photography within the jail campus. The same rule became non existent for the AP photographers.

Close family members of the two Italian marines met them at the central prison here, on April 20th, where they have been detained under judicial remand for the last two months. The five-member team, who came all the way from Italy, included parents and wife of Salvatore Girone. Latore Massmiliano’s sister and a nephew also have arrived from Italy. They spent about 90 minutes with their kin and told media persons that they were very sad such fate had befallen their dear ones.


The Home Ministry has stated that they are oblivious of such happenings. State Home minister Thiruvanjoor Radhakrishnan stated that he was unaware of any such incident and would comment on it only after he makes preliminary inquiries with the jail authorities. The jail authorities stated that the photograph’s could be those taken on the mobile phones of the relatives. However regional photographers state that the AP photographer was permitted entry as per the request of the Italian team.


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