Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian marines accused of killing fishermen to return home

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 15 - Italy's two anti-pirate marines
imprisoned in India for allegedly killing two local fishermen
last February "will come home," Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi
said Monday.
"I cannot say the day, but they will come home," he added.
The two marines have been at the centre of a diplomatic row
between Italy and India since being arrested and jailed in
February.
India's supreme court last month began to examine whether
Italy should be granted jurisdiction over the case, and promised
a decision within 20 days.
Last Thursday, Terzi declared he was "astounded and
disconcerted" by the Indian justice system's dithering over the
case.
The Italian government has stumped for its position 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.
Defense lawyer Harish Salve said the two were on board the
Enrica Lexie vessel due to an Italian government decision based
on a UN resolution to protect ships navigating pirate-infested
waters.
Indian police filed charges against the two that include
the murder of fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki.
The Italian marines were granted bail in June, but were
required to remain in Indian territory as their case wound its
way through Indian courts.

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