Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Marines questioned by Rome prosecutors over Indian fishermen

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Rome, January 3 - Two Italian marines who face
trial in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during
an anti-piracy mission were questioned by Rome prosecutors on
Thursday.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are in Italy
after being given a two-week permit to return home for the
Christmas holidays by an Indian court. They are set to return to
India soon.
The pair have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between
Italy and India after they allegedly shot fishermen Jelestine
Valentine and Ajesh Binki off the southern Indian coast last
February.
They marines, 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
until they were granted the permit for Christmas.
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 month Indian
authorities said it would be at least another three months
before a ruling was handed down.
Rome prosecutors have opened an investigation into the case
in which Latorre and Girone are being probed for manslaughter.

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