Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Indian Supreme Court postpones appeal of Italian couple


New Dehli, September 3 - The Indian Supreme Court
ruled on Tuesday to postpone appeal proceedings for an Italian
couple serving a life-sentence in the 2010 murder of their
travel companion.
Tomaso Bruno and Elisabetta Boncompagni were convicted for
allegedly killing their friend Francesco Montis during a holiday
in the Hindu temple city Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
The postponement of the Supreme Court hearing was due to
the prosecutor's failure to show up in court.
At Tuesday's hearing, which lasted just minutes, the
fathers of the defendants, Euro Bruno and Romano Boncompagni -
who were present - expressed deep dismay and surprise.
Defense lawyer Ranjeeta Rohatgi petitioned the court to set
a new date for the hearing.
The Italian ambassador in New Dehli, Daniele Mancini and
his staff - who are closely watching proceedings and the
defendants' families - were also present at the hearing.
Tomaso Bruno's mother, Marina Maurizio, stayed in Varanasi
to be close to her son and his partner Elisabetta.
The High Court of Allahabad had rejected Bruno and
Compagni's petition for an appeal last October, but hopes were
raised in February when the Indian Supreme Court accepted the
request for appeal.
Indian authorities arrested and tried Tomaso Bruno from the
northern town of Albenga and Elisabetta Boncompagni from Turin
in February 2010 after discovering their travel companion,
Francesco Montis, dead in a hotel room the three had been
sharing in Varanasi.
Montis was found strangled in what investigators believe
was a ''love triangle'' gone wrong.

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