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    » 07/11/2012, 00.00

    INDIA - ITALY

    Pastor of Quilon: Italian Marines are good men



    Fr. Stephen Kulakkayathil, from the diocese of the two Indian fishermen killed in the incident with Enrica Lexie, had lunch with Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. Postponed to July 17 next, the first trial hearing. The marines are accused of murder.

    Kochi (AsiaNews) - "Two good men": says Fr. Stephen Kulakkayathil, pastor of Quilon, to AsiaNews of Italian Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two Indian fishermen. The priest, in charge of pastoral care for the Catholic community to which one of the victims belonged, had the opportunity to have lunch with them in Kochi, where they are awaiting the start of their trial. Scheduled for yesterday, the first hearing was adjourned to 17 July. They are charged with the murder of Jelestein, 45, and Binki Ajesh, 25, in an incident dating to February 15 last between the Italian tanker Indian Enrica Lexie and a fishing boat, off the coast of Kerala.

    For Fr. Stephen, "it was lovely to meet them, an opportunity to confront and also understand their position. We have not talked about the case because it is an ongoing process, but I can say that I think they are good people. We and the families of victims pray for them". The lunch which took place two weeks ago, the lunch was also attended by Fr. Giuseppe Faraci, military chaplain, and other Indian priests.

    Released on bail on May 30 last, the two Fusiliers from the San Marco Battalion have the only accused in the death of two fishermen. The Enrica Lexie case exploded on February 15th off the coast of Kerala, when the two soldiers on board the Italian tanker as security guards, mistook an Indian fishing boat for a pirates boat. On 25 April, the families of two fishermen have reached an extrajudicial agreement with the Italian government, which provided for compensation of 10 million rupees (about 145 thousand Euros) each, in exchange for withdrawal from civil cases in which they were cited as the injured parties. (GM)

     

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    13/12/2012 ITALY - INDIA
    Military chaplain: our marines in India are waiting for Christmas
    Fr. Giuseppe Faraci, a Comboni missionary who has cared for the welfare of the two marines from the beginning, speaks to AsiaNews about their spiritual and human growth. On December 17, there could be the Supreme Court ruling on jurisdiction. The chaplain is "optimistic" but "ready to go" to celebrate Christmas with them. Respect and the attention of the Indians, even when they were in prison.

    18/05/2012 INDIA - ITALY
    Kerala police claim Italian marines responsible for murder and attempted murder
    Charge contained in the documents submitted to the court by the Special Investigation Team of Kochi (SIT). Exact location of incident also indicated, but no reference to ballistic report. Marines to be transferred in a guest house within 20 days.

    18/01/2013 INDIA - ITALY
    Kerala government loses jurisdiction in Italian marines’ trial
    For the Supreme Court the incident occurred in international waters, but the military can not claim immunity. A special court in New Delhi will take up the case and decide where they will be judged

    12/07/2012 ITALY - INDIA
    Chaplain to Italian marines: We must learn from the charity of Indian fishermen
    Interview with Fr. Joseph Caraci, Comboni missionary who has followed the Enrica Lexie case from the beginning, in which two marines of the San Marco Battalion are accused of killing two Indian fishermen. Tolerance, religiosity, and the pain of the Catholic community in India, to be able to "look beyond" and seek truth and justice.

    20/03/2012 INDIA - ITALY
    Further delays in the Italian marines' case raise eyebrows among Indians as well
    Court in Kollam postpones decision on jurisdiction. Enrica Lexie gets go ahead to leave Kochi port. However, owner and crew must be available for further investigation, if needed. Nothing more is known about the ballistic test.



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