Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
NAPLES

Italian defence minister tears up over marines

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Naples, March 28 - The Italian defense minister
held back tears Thursday in a speech about the two Italian
marines on trial for murder in India and at the center of a
tangled diplomatic row.
Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola was speaking at a
ceremony in Naples honoring the 90th anniversary of the Italian
airforce when his voice cracked and his eyes watered up.
In a dramatic U-turn, the government decided last week to
return Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to face charges
in New Delhi for allegedly mistaking fishermen Jelestine
Valentine and Ajesh Binki for pirates and shooting them from
aboard an Italian merchant ship while in international waters
last year.
The government initially had announced that the marines,
who were temporarily in Italy to vote, would not go back, but it
later changed its mind.
Giulio Terzi resigned over the incident on Tuesday, blaming
the government of outgoing Premier Mario Monti for not listening
to him.
Di Paola, who was beside Terzi as he stepped down before
parliament, vowed instead not to quit "and abandon the ship" and
forget the marines.

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