Italy concerned over delay in trial, refuses to send witnesses
Posted on: 18 Sep 2013
New Delhi, Sep 18 :Expressing concern over the delay
in the trial of its marines charged with murder, Italy today
ruled out sending four seamen as witnesses in the case and
sought other legal options to take forward the investigation.
Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Stefan De Mistura met
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid here to convey
concern over the delay in the trial.
During the meeting, Khurshid expressed willingness of his
ministry to facilitate 'direct' interactions between the
teams of the two countries to better understand their
respective positions in the case, Spokesperson in the
External Affairs Ministry said.
However, official sources ruled out any 'out of court'
settlement in the matter.
While refusing to send four other marines, who were
witness to the killing of fishermen off Kerala coast allegedly
by two of their colleagues, for the investigation, the Italian
minister asked for other options to take forward the trial.
The other options include appearance through video
conferencing, a visit by a team of NIA to Italy for
questioning them or the investigators can send them written
questions which they would reply.
The four marines, who were on board Italian vessel
'Enrica Lexie' and were present at the spot when their
colleagues Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone allegedly
shot dead two fishermen on February 15, 2012, were summoned by
the National Investigation Agency which is handling the probe.