Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Anti-piracy marines arrive back in India


Rome, January 4 - Two Italian marines facing trial
in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an
anti-piracy mission in February arrived back in the Asian
country Friday after spending Christmas with their families on a
permit from Indian authorities.
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone smiled at an
assembled media scrum at the international airport of Kochi
before being driven to a police station in the southwestern
state of Kerala by Italian consular staff, accompanied by an
Indian police escort.
The pair left Rome Thursday after their 14-day permit
expired. They spent the holidays in their homes in the southern
Italian region of Puglia after an Indian court granted their
Latorre and Girone were then driven to the city of Kollum
where they handed their passports back to Indian authorities.
The marines 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, mistaking them for pirates.
They face homicide charges.
The marines were released from detention on bail in June,
but were confined to Indian territory until they were granted
the holiday permit.

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