Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Italian foreign minister calls marines detention 'illicit'

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(ANSA) - Milan, October 17 - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio
Terzi called India's continued detention of two Italian marines
"illicit" and demanded their immediate return on Wednesday.
Terzi said the two anti-piracy marines "unduly and - from
our point of view - illicitly held must return home quickly"
from the sidelines of visit to a construction fair in Milan.
Terzi reiterated "the commitment that the entire government
is showing, in fact, every day to resolve this incredible
business," and underlined how "India must recognize Italian
jurisdiction, and in doing so will show itself to be truly
coherent with a line of action against piracy".
Terzi's comments turn up the heat in a diplomatic row over
between Italy and India since the anti-piracy marines were
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.
On Monday Terzi said the two marines "will come home".
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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