Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
KOCHI

Indian court agrees to Xmas permit for Italian marines

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Kochi, December 20 - The high court of the Indian
state of Kerala on Thursday granted two Italian marines accused
of killing two Indian fishermen a two-week permit to be able to
spend the Christmas holidays in Italy.
Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been
at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India after
they allegedly shot fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh
Binki during an international anti-piracy mission off the
southern Indian coast in February.
They pair, who alleged mistook the fishermen for pirates
and face charges that include homicide, were released from
detention on bail in June, but were confined to Indian
territory.
The Kerala high court, which had put off a decision on the
permit several times, demanded a bond of 60 million euros, over
826,000 euros, for the temporary release to be effective.
"We heard about the news with great relief," said Italian
Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi.
"It's a demonstration of India's sensibility for the deeply
felt values of the Italian people regarding the important
Christmas holidays, which the marines will be able to spend with
their families".
Italy believes it should have jurisdiction over the case as
it took place aboard an Italian merchant ship that the marines
were guarding.
Rome also argues that the marines should be exempt from
prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on
on an anti-piracy mission.
India's Supreme Court has repeatedly put off giving a
verdict on the case's jurisdiction and last week the country
said it would be at least another three months before a ruling
was handed down.

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