Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

FM Terzi rejects calls to resign over India marines case

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Rome, March 22 - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio
Terzi on Friday rejected calls to resign over the country's
handling of the case of two marines on trial in India for the
alleged killing of two fishermen during an anti-piracy mission
in February 2012.
On Thursday the government made the surprise announcement
that it would be returning Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore
Girone to New Delhi for trial as originally pledged.
Earlier it had sparked the ire of the Asian nation by
saying the servicemen would not go back on the expiry of a
four-week permit for home leave on March 22 on grounds that
India did not have jurisdiction over the case as the incident
had taken place in international waters.
Terzi said the ensuing diplomatic row had been
''necessary'' to ensure the men would not face the death penalty
if convicted in India.
However critics said the turnaround had exposed Italy to
"ridicule" and called for the country's chief diplomat to
resign.
On Friday the Indian government expressed its satisfaction
at Italy's decision.

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