Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
KOCHI

India marines ask to be allowed home for Christmas

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Kochi, December 14 - Two Italian marines held for
10 months in India on suspicion of killing two Indian fishermen
after mistaking them for pirates on Friday asked a court to let
them go home to spend Christmas with their families.
The court in the southern Indian state of Kerala said it
would examine the request from the pair, Massimiliano Latorre
and Salvatore Girone, next week.
In Rome President Giorgio Napolitano met with their
relatives, pledging a "constant, strong commitment by the
institutions for a rapid solution to the painful affair".
On Thursday Italy officially asked India's Supreme Court to
issue its verdict on the case before Christmas.
Latorre and Girone have been at the centre of a diplomatic
row between Italy and India since being detained in February for
charges that include shooting Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh
Binki during an international anti-piracy mission off the Kerala
coast.
"It is with deep perplexity and concern that the Italian
government has seen that three months after the closing
arguments, the Supreme Court has still not issued a verdict on
Italy's petition", the foreign ministry said Thursday.
Italy had 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.

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