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Italian defense minister expects verdict on Italian marines

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Brussels, November 19 - The Italian defense
minister said on Monday he expected a verdict shortly from
India's Supreme Court regarding the fate of two Italian
anti-pirate marines currently detained in India on criminal
charges that include killing two fishermen in February.
"We are expecting the sentence from the Indian Supreme
Court, which today finished its 'recession' period, and thus
returns to work," Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola
told reporters after a meeting of European defense ministers in
Brussels on Monday.
"We are confident that in the next few days there could be
a verdict, and we are confident that Italy's good reasons could
be recognized," Di Paola added.
The Italian government has been pressing India to help
resolve the fate of two Italian anti-pirate marines and has
stressed Italy's wish to bring them home.
India's Supreme Court has yet to rule on Italy's petition
that it should have jurisdiction over the case.
Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been
at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India since
being detained in February for the shooting of the two fisherman
in the southern port of Kerala, Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh
Binki.
The Italian government 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 on an Italian ship.

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