Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
BRUSSELS

EU applauds India decision to permit marines' Xmas return

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Brussels, December 21 - The European Union
applauded an Indian tribunal decision to permit two Italian
marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen a two-week
permit to be able to spend the Christmas holidays in Italy.
"The EU takes a very favourable view of the court of
Kerala's decision to allow the two Italian marines to return
home by Christmas, and is still committed to following the case,
in full support of the Italian authorities, whilst awaiting for
the verdict", Catherine Ashton, the EU's High Representative of
the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in a
statement.
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.
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.
India's Supreme Court has repeatedly put off giving a
verdict on the case's jurisdiction and last week the Indian
government said it would be at least another three months before
a ruling was handed down.
The Kerala high court, which had put off a decision on the
permit several times, demanded a bond of 60 million rupees, over
826,000 euros, for the temporary release to be effective.

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