New Delhi: The Kollam sessions court will on Saturday pronounce its verdict on the bail plea of the two Italian marines accused in the fishermen killings case. In a new turn of events, Italy on Friday recalled its India ambassador Giacomo Monteforte to Rome.
The ambassador was reportedly called back for consultations after the two Italian marines were charged with murder in the case on Friday.
Meanhwile, Italy's Deputy Foreign Minister Stefan Mistura questioned India's legal system. Speaking to Karan Thapar on 'The Last Word', Mistura said that the marines were wrongfully charged of murder and attempt to murder and insisted that the two must be judged by international law. He further described the killing of the fishermen as "accidental".
"Let's go through the processes. We have to understand what has been happening. Of course, the judges will decide on it... the following points... the vessel was moving with Italian marines on board. They were in international waters... I repeat, international waters... They were perceiving and feeling that there could have been an attempt of attack from the pirates because in that area, there have been six attacks from the pirates in the past. Therefore murder is out of question. Accidental,unwanted killing due to an unfortunate incident, possible. But that is a totally different picture. They were not pirates, we know it, they were fishermen. Our own principle is that they should be judged by international law and that military people in any country including India would
09:03 AM, May 19, 2012