Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

India PM says marines case 'casts shadow' over Italy ties


New Delhi, March 20 - Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that Italy's refusal to turn
over two marines to India to stand trial on murder charges
"casts a shadow" over the two countries' relations.
Singh also said that "the Italian position is not
acceptable for India".
The prime minister earlier said that all diplomatic and
legal options would be explored to bring the two marines back to
India to face trial.
The two marines had been held in India since February 2012
after a shooting incident in international waters in which two
Indian fishermen were killed.
Italy has always denied that India has jurisdiction over
the case, as it took place in international waters.
As a sign of goodwill, the two marines were allowed to
return to Italy to spend Christmas with their families and -
after returning to India as agreed between the two governments -
were allowed back to Italy again to vote in February elections.
However, despite a written statement by Italy's ambassador
to India that the pair would once again return to India, the
Italian government reneged on the promise, sparking a new
diplomatic tussle with New Delhi.
In response, the Indian Supreme Court ordered Italy's
ambassador there not to leave the country.

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