Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian marine on trial in India appeals for political unity

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Rome, March 25 - One of two Italian marines who
face homicide charges in India for allegedly killing two
fishermen has called on Italian politicians to show a united
front on their behalf in an email to a journalist made public on
Monday.
"Right now, it doesn't help us to know who to blame,
because it doesn't lead us anywhere, and political parties
bouncing responsibility off each other is even less useful,"
Massimiliano Latorre wrote to Mediaset reporter Toni Capuozzo.
"What we ask for now is not division, but that they link
arms, join forces and resolve this tragedy".
The two marines, Latorre and Salvatore Girone, were sent
back to India on Friday after a two-week diplomatic tug-of-war
between countries that has exacerbated political tension within
Italy and between Rome and New Delhi.
Italy had announced the servicemen would not return to
India after they came home to vote in last month's general
election.
This prompted India to order the Italian ambassador to New
Delhi not to leave the country which, in turn, led to Rome to
make a U-turn and send the servicemen back.
The handling of the affair prompted former prime minister
Silvio Berlusconi to blast outgoing premier Mario Monti for
doing "everything wrong" and call for him to be stripped of his
status as Life Senator on Monday.
Mediaset said Latorre's email would be read out in its
entirety on Monday night's edition of its Terra! show.

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