Many Indians are languishing in the Italian jails for the trial to begin
In reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Indian Embassy in Rome has informed that at least 12 Indians are languishing in Italian jail since June 2014 whose trial is yet to begin. The embassy provided the list of 12 sailors, arrested from aboard a ship seized by Italian police - Gupta Hridaynarayan Premchand, Pramod Singh, Arjun Rajkumar Mishra, Nelson Sahaya Shejo, Joseph Sherin, Rajendran Kannan, Nilaykumar Ramaniklal Tandel, Fernandes Lionel, John Milton Retnam Jesuretnam, Rohiteshwar Singh, Gurdial Singh and Bhupendar Singh. Theyt were alleged to be in illegal possession of drugs.
It was earlier reported in the media that 66 Indians are held in various prisons of Italy. The embassy seems to be unaware of the details of the other prisoners, in any, in the Italian jail. As per the information provided by the embassy, there are 145 Indians in 53 different jails of Italy. Out of these, 50 have already been sentenced and are undergoing their jail terms while the trial is yet to end in the residual 95 cases.
Recently, the Supreme Court had allowed an Italian marine accused of killing two Indian fishermen to extend his stay in his home country on medical grounds.