Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Italian marines defend innocence on Armed Forces Day


Rome, June 10 - The two Italian marines on trial in
India for alleged double homicide issued a statement Monday
insisting they were innocent despite the "many bitter pills"
they have been forced to swallow.
"In this long period spent in India, we have swallowed and
continue to swallow many bitter pills, but with dignity and
pride we will continue to push on so long as God gives us the
strength, respecting this country and demonstrating our
innocence," said Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone in a
letter written for Italy's Armed Forces Day.
The pair is currently waiting for a new investigation to be
completed by India's NIA anti-terrorism police into charges of
shooting and killing fishermen 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 row 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
But Rome agreed to send the pair back to India after home
leave to vote when India said they would not face the death
At the height of the spat, when Italy reneged on a pledge
to return the marines following the election permit, India
blocked the Italian ambassador from leaving the country and the
BRICS nations were said to be considering sanctions.

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