Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italian ambassador demands quick resolution for marines

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Rome, April 3 - Italy's ambassador to New Delhi,
Daniele Mancini, has called for a rapid resolution to the case
of two Italian marines charged with homicide in India and
expressed confidence in a special tribunal established by the
Indian Supreme Court to assess jurisdiction.
''Italy has always insisted, and will continue to insist,
on the incident being positioned within an international
framework,'' Mancini told Wednesday's edition of Rome-based
daily La Repubblica newspaper in reference to the alleged
shooting by Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone of two
Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in February 2012.
Italy claims that India should not have jurisdiction over
the matter as the incident took place in international waters.
The Italian diplomat said he believed the New Delhi
tribunal would ''give a serious verdict based on documentary
evidence'' and that the position of the two servicemen would be
clarified ''definitively''.
Mancini also expressed his 'satisfaction' at the
restoration of his diplomatic immunity and freedom of travel
after these were temporarily suspended in the wake of the
decision - subsequently revoked - by Rome not to return the
servicemen to India on the expiry of a parole permit in late
March.
The U-turn by the government drew strong criticism and led
to the resignation of the Giulio Terzi as Italian foreign
minister.
The marines had been allowed to come home to vote in
February's general election.

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