Monday, March 18, 2013

Italian Marines: Curbs on envoy to remain, says Supreme Court

NEW DELHI, March 18, 2013 PTI

The Supreme Court on Monday said that the order restraining the Italian Ambassador from leaving India will continue till further notice. The apex court further indicated that all the authorities should take appropriate steps on the order restraining the Italian envoy from leaving the country.

The Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini meanwhile told the Supreme Court that he had complete immunity under the Vienna Convention.

The apex court further said that it would not accept and does not believe the Ambassador's statement and stated that he had lost trust of the court. The Supreme Court further stated that it had not expected the Italian Ambassador to renege like this.

The Supreme Court further said, \"We are concerned over Mr Mancini's intentions and we want to know if he is going to comply with the order.\".

The apex court fixed April 2 for further hearing and said that the marines still had time to return by March 22. The Supreme Court added that the marines had not violated the court's order. The Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati said that the Ministry of External Affairs is fully mindful of the international obligations.

The Centre has also taken exception to the Italian govt's note verbale in which it speaks about Indian authorities' power to restrict the freedom of movement of the Ambassador.
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