Roman Fury at Slow Pace of Marines' Trial
Italy on Tuesday “recalled” Daniel Mancini, its Ambassador to India, for ‘consultations’, asserting that it will decide to deal with the situation of “ambiguous and unreliable” behaviour by Indian authorities on the issue of its two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
Official sources believe that the main reason for the current belligerence of the Italian government was due to the increasing frustration at the slow pace of the Indian judicial system to frame charges after two years. At the same time, a lot of it is for the domestic audience with the Italian marines in India being an emotive case - especially with the government in Rome in its last legs. President Giorgio Napolitano has asked 39-year-old mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, to cobble together a coalition to form a new government.
It remains to be seen what stance the new Renzi government will take on the case, though it is unlikely to be able to soften its position in the face of strong Italian public opinion.