Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian marines 'will not return to India' for murder trial

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Rome, March 11 - The Italian government said Monday
that two Italian marines charged with homicide in India for
allegedly killing two Indian fishermen last year while on an
anti-piracy mission will not return after being allowed to come
home to vote in February's general election.
Last month, the supreme court of India granted a request
from Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to return to
Italy for four weeks to exercise their right to vote in general
elections.
They were also allowed back for the Christmas holidays and
returned to India once their leave expired.
They had pledged to do so in this case as well.
In a statement Monday, the foreign ministry said that "the
conduct of Indian authorities violated international rights" by
detaining them since last February.
Since then they have been at the center of an international
row for allegedly shooting Indian fishermen Jelestine Valentine
and Ajesh Binki from aboard the oil tanker Enrica Lexie,
mistaking them for pirates.
For one year the Italian government has been working to get
the trial moved to Italian courts since the events took place
aboard an Italian ship in international waters.
On Monday the foreign ministry said that it was "open" to
letting an international arbitrator assess the case.

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