Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy to return marines to India in diplomatic tug-of-war

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Rome, March 21 - Italy is set to return to two
anti-piracy marines to India on Friday to stand trial on murder
charges after a diplomatic tug-of-war escalated between the two
countries.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that
the refusal to turn over the two men, Massimiliano Latorre and
Salvatore Girone, who had been granted leave "casts a shadow"
over the two countries' relations.
Italy's government said it has asked and obtained from the
Indian authorities written guarantees of the treatment and the
recognition of the two marines' fundamental rights as recognized
by international law.
India's justice minister earlier on Thursday said the two
men had until tomorrow to return to the Asian nation where they
are due to stand trial before escalating the situation further.
The two marines had been held in India since February 2012
after a shooting incident in international waters in which two
Indian fishermen, Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki, 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,
after which they never returned.

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