Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

New Delhi condemns Ferrari support for marines at Indian GP


New Delhi, October 26 - The Indian government spoke
out on Friday against Ferrari's decision to display the Italian
Navy flag on their race cars at this weekend's Indian Grand Prix
in solidarity with two Italian marines on trial in India over
the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of
homicide after allegedly mistaking the fishermen for pirates
during an anti-piracy mission off the coast of Kerala in
southern india in February.
The shooting triggered a diplomatic row between Italy and
The Italian government, citing United Nations conventions,
says its courts should have jurisdiction over the case and has
been pressing for the marines return to Italy.
The pair are being held while the Indian Supreme Court
considers Italy's claim for jurisdiction.
''To use sporting events to promote causes not of a
sporting nature is incoherent with the sporting spirit,'' the
Indian ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.
Indian fishermen protested earlier in the day after the
cars drived by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa carried he
emblem of the Italian Navy during a practice session at the
Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
''We cannot approve of the government turning a blind eye
to this act, especially because the two marines are still
undergoing trial,'' the Secretary of the National Fishworkers'
Forum (NFF), T. Peter, told daily newspaper The Hindu.
Peter added that the decision was an affront to the Indian
fishing community and to Indian society at large.
Business newspaper Mint asked on its opinion page: ''Who
are the real victims here? The two military officers who, all
things considered, are being given a fair trial, or the two
fishermen who were killed?''.

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