Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
MARANELLO

Ferrari president defends Italian navy flag decision

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Maranello, October 26 - Ferrari President Luca di
Montezemolo on Friday defended the team's decision to display
the Italian Navy flag on its race cars at this weekend's Indian
Grand Prix in solidarity with two Italian marines on trial in
India over the shooting deaths of two local fishermen.
''We only want to make a small contribution, with great
respect for the Indian authorities, so that a solution might be
found through dialogue,'' he said in the wake of criticism from
the Indian government, media and fishing community.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of
homicide after allegedly mistaking the two Indian fishermen for
pirates during an anti-piracy mission off the coast of Kerala in
southern India in February.
The shooting triggered a diplomatic row between Italy and
India.
The Italian government, citing United Nations conventions,
says its courts should have jurisdiction over the case and has
been pressing for the marines return to Italy.
The pair are being held while the Indian Supreme Court
considers Italy's claim for jurisdiction.
Earlier in the day Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone said
that sport has nothing to do with ''political'' matters.

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