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Italy expects 'news' in India marines case before Dec 17

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Rome, December 7 - The Italian Foreign Ministry
said on Friday it expected ''novelties'' in the case of two
Italian anti-pirate marines currently detained in India on
criminal charges that include killing two fishermen before the
country's justice system begins a new recession on December 17.
Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been
at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India for
shooting Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki during an
international anti-piracy mission off the southern Kerala coast
in February .
Italy believes it should have jurisdiction over the case
and, in any event, that the marines should be exempt from
prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on
an Italian ship.
The case is before India's Supreme Court but so far no
ruling has been forthcoming.
Italian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Staffan De Mistura
told journalists he would strongly assert the country's
positionhe at a UN debate on piracy presided by India later this
week.
In a separate interview on Friday Foreign Minister Giulio
Terzi said Italy had the law on its side in the case.
''We trust in the (Supreme) Court's decision, but we are
ready to react,'' said the country's chief diplomat, adding that
the government has followed and continues to follow the matter
''constantly'' and that its interest has been on bilateral,
European and miltilateral levels.
''Thanks to this commitment a growing number of countries
have intervened with the Indian authorities on our behalf on
every possible occasion, expressing legitimate and shared
expectations and concerns both as regards the timing of the
Supreme Court sentence and with respect to its contents, which
we expect to fully recognise both Italian jurisdiction (over the
case) and the functional immunity of our two riflemen,'' he
said.

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