Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
NEW DELHI

'One obstacle left in India murder probe' says Italian envoy

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New Delhi, August 14 - The Indian investigation
into the deaths of two fisherman allegedly at the hands of two
Italian marines is coming to a close, an Italian official said
Wednesday.
The only outstanding issue to be resolved involves four
other witnesses to the incident, who will not be sent to India
to be interviewed, said Staffan de Mistura, the Italian
government's envoy to India.
"Only one obstacle remains in order to arrive at the end of
the investigation of the incident involving the marines in
India," the envoy told ANSA.
De Mistura arrived in Indian one day earlier as Italy made
a fresh push to wrap up the case of the marines accused of
murdering two Indian fishermen they allegedly mistook for
pirates.
His plan for the three-day visit was to meet with the pair,
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, and their lawyers in
an effort to find what Italy hopes will be a satisfactory
solution to the case.
De Mistura was also scheduled to hold talks with Indian
Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday.
The government envoy told ANSA that four other marines who
were on board the E. Lexie merchant ship with Latorre and Girone
will not be sent to New Delhi to testify on the incident in
which the two fishermen died.
Latorre and Girone are accused by Indian authorities of the
double homicides of Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki in
Feburary 2012 after allegedly mistaking them for pirates while
guarding the merchant ship off the coast of the southern Kerala
region.
Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino last week repeated the
government's intention to bring home the two marines.
Last month Bonino said Latorre and Girone would most likely
return home by Christmas.
"We are working on it and I am confident," she said.
Kurshid has said India is working "as quickly as possible"
to resolve the case.
"We are trying to solve obstacles in the context of our
laws, (and how they relate to Italian laws)" he said recently.
However, Khurshid has refused to set a time frame for
finalizing investigation and trial of the marines.
India has said that it hopes to conclude an inquiry by the
end of August.
Khurshid recently assured Italy that the marines would not
face the death penalty.

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