Ensure justice to victims` families in Italian marines` case: Church
Thiruvananthapuram: Holding that justice should be ensured to the victims` families in the Italian marines` case, Latin Catholic Church, to which both the slain fishermen belonged, on Tuesday said applying different sets of laws to different people were not justifiable.
While refusing to be drawn into the row sparked by the Centre`s decision to exempt the marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast, from facing Suppression of Unlawful Acts (SUA), Archibishop Soosaipackyam said the Church`s prime concern was that the victims` families received justice.
"I am not a lawyer to answer the question whether the case has been weakened by sparing the accused of facing the SUA law. However, applying different sets of laws for different people cannot be justified," Soosaipackyam, head of the archdiocese of Latin Catholic diocese here, said in reply to queries at a press meet.
"There could be pressures on the Government of India. There were reports that Indians living in Italy and other parts of Europe are facing problems because of the (marines`) case. In a broader perspective, if the accused get the concessions of law as a result of these factors, we are not against that," he added.
"We are pained that two lives were lost. One of them is a member of Latin Catholic community in Kerala and the other hailed from the neighbouring diocese in Tamil Nadu. We have taken a strong stand in the case right from the start," he said.
He said what was all the more important was to put in place safety measures to ensure the security of fisherfolk to avoid such unfortunate incidents recurring, he said.
The Centre had yesterday told the Supreme Court that the marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012 would not be prosecuted under the anti-piracy law SUA that attracts death penalty as maximum punishment.
For more news in Malayalam, click www.zeemalayalam.com
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- PM Modi slams Pakistan govt during his speech in Kozhikode
- Panel discussion over PM Modi's willingness to engage in direct dialogue with Pak
- Panel discussion over PM Modi's willingness to engage in direct dialogue with Pak - Part II
- PM Modi calls meeting to review Indus Waters Treaty today
- Watch: Sushma Swaraj addresses the UN General Assembly
- SHOCKING VIDEO: This man was trying to take selfie with python - You won't believe what happened next!
- Donald Trump praises Hindu community's contributions to US
- WATCH: Ravichandran Ashwin's magic ball that bamboozled Kane Williamson on Day 3
- Uri effect? India, Afghanistan bypass Pak to set up exclusive air corridor
- Jio impact: Vodafone offers 10 GB 4G mobile services at 1 GB price