UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon`s spokesman has refused to be drawn into the controversy surrounding the two Italian marines facing trial in India over the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast
In a stern response to Italy, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said the case of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012, is sub-judice and Indian judiciary will take an independent view in this matter.
A Delhi court on Tuesday fixed for February 20, 2015, hearing of the case involving two Italian marines, facing murder charges in India, after it was informed that one of the accused has been allowed by the Supreme Court to travel to his country for medical treatment for four months.
The Supreme Court has exempted Massimiliano Latorre, one of the Italian marines facing murder charges in India, who suffered brain stroke recently, from personal appearance before police for two weeks, reports stated on Monday.
The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre on the petition filed by two Italian marines challenging the jurisdiction of NIA to prosecute and probe the case of killing of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.
A Delhi court on Tuesday fixed March 31 for hearing arguments on NIA`s plea to take "appropriate steps" to secure the custody of two Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in 2012.
Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday said there was no question of any compromise with regard to the case relating to the two Italian marines who had allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012.
Ahead of the hearing of the marines` case in the Supreme Court, Italian Defence Minister Mario Mauro has landed here and condemned India`s failure to press charges against them even after two years of the incident.
Four Italian marines, who were witness to the killing of fishermen off Kerala coast allegedly by two of their colleagues, have refused to come to India for deposing as witness, which will further delay the case.