Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
NEW DELHI

India does not object to Xmas permit for Italy marines

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New Delhi, December 18 - The Indian government said
on Tuesday it would not object in the event that a local court
decided to allow two Italian marines on trial for murder to
return home for Christmas.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are on bail in
India after allegedly shooting and killing two Indian fishermen
off the coast of the southern state of Kerala during an
anti-piracy mission in February.
They have asked to be allowed to spend two weeks with their
families in Italy over Christmas and a Kerala court was due to
rule on the request on Tuesday.
However the hearing was postponed by a day as the court
sought guarantees from the Italian authorities that the soldiers
would return to India at the end of the two-week period.
Latorre and Girone have been at the centre of a diplomatic
row between the two countries over who should have jurisdiction
in the case.
Proceedings began in Kerala but Italy subsequently
petitioned that it should have jurisdiction over the case
because the incident took place on an Italian ship, and in any
case that the marines should be exempt from prosecution in India
as they were military personnel working on an anti-piracy
mission.
India's Supreme Court has dithered over a verdict and last
week the country said it would be at least another three months
before a ruling is handed down.

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