Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
NEW DELHI

Italian special envoy arrives in India to follow marines

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New Delhi, May 13 - Italian Special Envoy Staffan
de Mistura arrived in New Delhi on Monday to follow the case of
two Italian anti-pirate marines accused of killing two Indian
fishermen, diplomatic sources told ANSA.
De Mistura was confirmed to continue his post by the newly
formed Italian government on May 3 to deal with the drawn-out
affair that has put Italy and India at loggerheads.
De Mistura escorted the marines, Massimiliano Latorre and
Salvatore Girone, to New Delhi in March, at the end of their
leave home to vote in Italian elections.
De Mistura met with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid
at that time.
Latorre and Girone are currently waiting for a new
investigation to be completed by India's NIA anti-terrorism
police, assigned to the task by the Indian government over a
month ago.
Latorre and Girone face charges of shooting and killing
Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after allegedly
mistaking them for pirates while guarding a merchant ship off
the Kerala coast in February 2012.
The two countries have been in a diplomatic impasse and
relations have been tense since the incident.
Italy has contested India's claim that it has jurisdiction
over the case, arguing that the deaths occurred in international
waters.
But Rome agreed to send the pair back to India after home
leave to vote when India said they would not face the death
penalty.
At the height of the spat, when Italy reneged on a pledge to
return the marines, India stopped the Italian ambassador leaving
the country and the BRICS nations were said to be considering
sanctions.

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