Italian marines' case: 'Law of the land must prevail', says Congress

Italian marines

Submitted by Subeditor on Wed, 2016-01-13 12:31 New Delhi: Following the Italian Government's refusal to hand over two of their marines accused of murdering Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast almost four years ago, the Congress on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action in the case and said that Rome should not go back on its commitment given to New Delhi. “The Kerala Chief Minister has asked the Prime Minister to take appropriate action. Two Italian marines who are accused in this case, one was allowed to leave the country on compassionate grounds, he had a stroke and the Italian Government requested the Indian Government to take him to Italy for treatment,” Congress leader P.C. Chacko told the media.  “They had also given an assurance that he will be brought back to India after the treatment. A government cannot go back on a commitment given. The law of the land must prevail, they have committed offence in India and they should be tried here. I hope the Centre will take appropriate action,” he added. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala echoed similar views and said that Prime Minister Modi should take up the matter with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi. “Will Modiji now take action and take up the issue diplomatically with his counterpart in Italy (to ensure that killer of Indian fishermen is brought to justice)?” he said. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has urged Prime Minister Modi to interfere and bring the culprits back to the country. (ANI)