Translator crisis halts international symposium with Gladio prosecutor
Felice Casson sits in at the panel. AA PhotoThe lack of a competent translator halted an international symposium with guest speaker Felice Casson, an Italian prosecutor known for outing the Gladio organization, when the translators quit the panel due to a nervous breakdown.
The symposium’s young translators reportedly had difficulty in properly translating Casson's statements, which frequently included legal terms, and began to lose their calm, private broadcaster NTV reported on its website.
One of the translators left mid-panel, despite her colleague asking her not to leave.
But the remaining translator also failed to keep up with the discussion and was so nervous that Casson offered her a glass of water and tried to calm her down.
"My friend left because of her nerves," the young translator said. "And I really don't know what to do right now. Really."
She then apologized and left the panel. A French-speaking translator was later called after Casson said he could continue his speech in French.
The panel continued once efficient translation could be provided.