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Indian supreme court to rule on marines 'in 20 days'


(ANSA) - New Delhi, September 6 - The Indian supreme court
will rule in 20 days on whether Italy should be granted
jurisdiction over the case against two Italian anti-pirate
marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February, an
Indian lawyer told ANSA Thursday.
The court will receive two statements from the Indian
central government and the state of Kerala on Italy's claim
Monday, said Diljeet Titus.
There will be a ruling "within the next 20 days from now,"
he said.
India and Italy agreed in mid-August that the two marines,
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, acted in "contiguous"
and not international waters.
The Italian government has in the past stated it believes
that, regardless of who has jurisdiction, the marines should be
exempt from prosecution in India as they were military personnel
working on an anti-piracy mission.
Defence lawyer Harish Salve said the two were on board
the Enrica Lexie vessel as a result of an Italian government
decision taken on the basis of a UN resolution governing the
protection of ships navigating pirate-infested waters.
Latorre and Girone have been at the centre of a diplomatic
row between Italy and India since being detained in February.
Indian police have filed charges against the two that
include the homicide of fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh
They were granted bail in June, but must remain in Indian
The next hearing is to be held on September 12.

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