Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
KOCHI

Marines in India waiting for word on Christmas homecoming

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Kochi, India, December 19 - A top Indian court is
expected to rule Thursday on whether two captive Italian marines
will be allowed to return home for Christmas, officials said
Wednesday.
The High Court of Kerala ordered a second postponement of
the hearing to consider the marines' request for a holiday
release and Thursday is the court's last sitting day, so time is
tight.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been
released on bail but confined to 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 the Kerala court has
postponed a decision more than once, seeking 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.
In Brussels, Catherine Ashton, the European Union's high
representative for foreign affairs and security policy, is said
to be doing "everything possible" to resolve the holiday
situation.
Meanwhile, a priest said Wednesday that the marines are
doing well.
"The two boys are wonderful; in both telephone contacts and
through writings, I can verify their serenity," said Vincenzo
Pelvi told Vatican Radio, the two Italian Fascists in India.
"Massimiliano and Salvatore hope so much for permission for
a Christmas release," he added.
"It's clear that they are a bit confused about the
situation but trust in justice".

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