Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Marines in India might not be home for Christmas

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Rome, August 21 - Two Italian marines who face
murder charges in India over the death of two fishermen might
not be back home for Christmas, Italian Defence Minister Mario
Mauro told Vatican Radio on Wednesday. "I don't know if they
will be back by Christmas", said the minister stressing however
"the government's very strong determination to close the case
quickly and in a just way".
Italy's envoy on the case Staffan de Mistura said on his
return from meetings with Indian officials earlier this month
that the marines' trial could begin by early Septembetr and if
it ends "relatively quickly" the marines could return home for
Christmas.
Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre are accused by
Indian authorities of the double homicides of Valentine (aka
Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki in February 2012 after allegedly
mistaking them for pirates while guarding a merchant ship off
the coast of the southern Kerala region.
Indian media on Tuesday and Wednesday reported that Italy's
refusal to send to India four Italian marines who were witnesses
to the incident for interviews by investigators could delay the
conclusion of the probe.
Mauro responded earlier on Wednesday saying there had been
"no refusal" by Italy for the soldiers to be interrogated as
"Indian laws enable witnesses to testify in a variety of ways",
including video conference and the possibility of Indian
investigators to travel to Italy.
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid also played down
the contentious issue between Italy and India in an interview to
The Asian Age published Wednesday. Khurshid said he was
confident India's legal system would find a solution to the
issue and that there had been "no refusal" from Italy to
cooperate.

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