Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

India delays Italian marines' verdict by three months

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Rome, December 14 û India said it will take at
least another three months for its Supreme Court to rule on the
fate of two Italian anti-pirate marines being tried in the
nation for allegedly killing two local fishermen, according to a
statement released on Friday by Premier Minister Mario MontiÆs
offices.
The Italian government will continue with unchanged vigour
in seeking to ensure its arguments prevail in order to bring
back the two military personnel to Italy as soon as possible,
the statement said.
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 charges that includes homicide.
Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi earlier in the day
said the government was putting its full effort into resolving
the crisis involving two Italian anti-pirate marines being tried
in India for allegedly killing two local fishermen, according to
a comment posted on the government official's Twitter account on
Friday.
Italy on Thursday officially requested India's Supreme
Court issue its verdict on the case before the Christmas
festivities.
The request was made through the local Indian ambassador,
who was called to meet with Secretary General Michele Valensise
at the request of Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi.
Terzi met with the marines' relatives on Friday, together
with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Terzi said there was
"great warmth and solidarity from the head of state" to the
family, according to his Twitter post.
Italy petitioned that it should have jurisdiction over the
case because the incident took place on an Italian ship.
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.
They were granted bail in June, but must remain in Indian
territory.

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