Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian marines promise to return to India after permit ends

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Rome, December 20 - The two Italian marines being
held in India who on Thursday were granted a two-weeks' permit
for Italy for Christmas holidays will return to India once their
leave is up.
In a phone call with former Italian Defense Minister
Inganzio La Russa, one of the two Maro' (as the marines are
called), confirmed their intention to return to India, where
they are awaiting trial for the killing of two Indian fishermen.
"Of course we will return," Massimiliano Latorre, one of
the marines said, answering La Russa's question as to whether
they would return to India, where they have been held since
February.
"We have only one word and that is the word we give as
Italians," Latorre said of the marines' intentions to honor
their two week permit.
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 allegedly 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.
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
an anti-piracy mission.

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