Italy needs to get their populations focus moved from a very embarrassing case. Two marines did do their duty and fired shots against a boat which had course towards a cargo ship. They had no choice but to react as they did. Unfortunately two fishermen from India died. Maybe they were drunk while they were sailing their ship because they ignored the warning shots. We will never know because police investigations in the area lack quality in every aspect of the cases.
When the Marines returned to Italy the government denied a request for their return. It angered India and they put pressure on Italy, which are weakened as a nation due to Berlusconi’s departure from power, so in the end Italy caved in.
The foreign minister of Italy has resigned his post because he felt that Italy’s reputation is damaged beyond repair because they had handed their citizens to a random third world country of no value for anyone. I believe that the citizens in Italy are angry too.
That is why they need a scapegoat to catch all the media attention. That is why they dug up a massive failure of their justice system which was fixed in the end. Amanda Knox – an American woman suffered for 4 years in an Italian prison for no reason at all. She was jailed based on a sick theory made by a prosecutor who was later convicted in another case for abuse of office.
If the trial against the Amanda Knox steals the headlines the government of India can do whatever they like with the two Marines. Their promise not to sentence the marines to their death is of no value as even high profile suspects placed on special watch just die in prison as it happened in a very published case involving gang rape.
Poor Know. She is only on trial again because Italy was insulted by India. It shouldn’t be so and the case is an reminder for us not to visit Italy as tourist or as exchange student.
- Italian court to rule on Amanda Knox retria (BBC)
- Italy India marine row: Foreign Minister Terzi quits (BBC)