Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
KOCHI

India thanks Italy for respecting pact in marines case

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Kochi, January 8 - India's foreign minister on
Tuesday thanked Italy for keeping its promises over two Italian
marines on trial for alleged murder.
''My thanks go to the two soldiers and the Italian
government for respecting the deal,'' Salman Khurshid told ANSA
from Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala where
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are facing trial for
allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy
mission last February.
''This strengthens faith in our system and in Italy's,'' he
added.
In December the Kerala high court court granted the
soldiers a two-week permit to spend Christmas with their
families in southern Italy following reasurances by the Italian
government that they would then return to India to face justice.
"It is an unusual decision that was taken by the judges in
consideration of the sensitivites" concerning the religious
holidays, said the Indian foreign minister.
Latorre and Girone have been at the centre of a diplomatic
row between the two countries with Italy claiming it should have
jurisdiction over the case as the alleged killing 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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