Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Napolitano eager to welcome home marines held in India

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Rome, December 20 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Thursday said he was looking forward to welcoming
home the two Italian marines who have been held in India on
murder charges since February.
''I hope to see you soon in the homeland,'' Napolitano told
the two marines via videoconference.
''In this effort all of [Italy's] institutions played a
part,'' the head of state added, referring to a two-week permit
to leave India and pass the holidays in Italy that the marines
were granted earlier Thursday by the Indian courts.
The marines, Massimilano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, have
been at the center 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.
The 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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