Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy angered by India court-translation ruling

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(ANSA) - Rome, July 17 - Italy's defence ministry on Tuesday
expressed its "total displeasure" at the decision by an Indian
court not to have the legal documents pertaining to the case of
two Italian anti-piracy marines accused of murder translated
into Italian.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are on trial in
the southern state of Kerala on charges of killing two Indian
fishermen after allegedly mistaking them for pirates during an
anti-piracy mission in February.
The ministry said the decision by Kollam Court prevents
"the free exercise of the defence", describing it as "a choice
that goes against the universally recognised right of access to
court documents in the language of the defendant" and which "is
incomprehensibly part of repeated attempts to prevent what
international laws and treaties consider to be a 'fair trial'".
Earlier in the day the court rejected the defence's request
for the legal documents to be translated into Italian on grounds
that translations are not contemplated under the Indian Code of
Criminal Procedure.
The court documents are partly in the local Malayalam
dialect and partly in English.

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