Airports alerted to stop Italian envoy from leaving India: Report

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 15:45 hrs

New Delhi: Airports across India have been alerted to stop Italian ambassador in India Daniele Mancini from leaving the country, media reports said on Friday.

"Airports across the country have been alerted to prevent Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving the country," CNN-IBN reported quoting sources.

"A message has been sent to all immigration outposts across the country in compliance to the Supreme Court order by the Ministry of Home Affairs," the news channel said.

In a new twist to the India-Italy row over the decision of the Italian government to not send back the two marines facing trial here for gunning down two Kerala fishermen in the high seas last year, the Supreme Court on Thursday restrained Mancini from leaving the country.

Mancini had given an undertaking to the Supreme Court that he would ensure that the two marines returned to India after they were allowed to go to Italy for taking part in the voting in that country.

Issuing a notice to the ambassador based on the response to the court by India's Attorney General, the Supreme Court asked Mancini to respond to its notice by Mar 18. The case would be heard again on Mar 19.

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy also filed a contempt of court petition before the apex court seeking action against the Italian ambassador for failing to honour the commitment to the apex court.

India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai earlier summoned Mancini to lodge a strong protest by India over their action and breach of trust.

The marines were to return by March 22.

The Supreme Court on Feb 22 had allowed the two Italian marines- Salvatore Latorre and Massimiliano Girone-to travel to Italy to cast their votes in the country's elections.

Accusing Indian authorities of violating international rights by detaining the marines, Italy's Foreign Ministry said it was “open” to let an international arbitrator to assess the case.

They said India had not responded to Italian requests to seek a diplomatic solution to the case and there was now a “dispute” between the two countries over the terms of the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea.

On Feb 15, 2012, the security officials of Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen mistaking them as pirates in the high seas off Ambalapuzha in Kerala. They were subsequently arrested.

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