Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Appeal date set for Italian couple in India


Albenga, September 6 - An appeal date has been set
for September 27 in the case of an Italian couple serving a
sentence of life in prison for the 2010 murder of their travel
On Tuesday, the Indian Supreme Court was forced to postpone
appeal proceedings for Tomaso Bruno and Elisabetta Boncompagni
when the prosecutor failed to show up in court.
The couple has been convicted of killing their friend
Francesco Montis during a holiday in the Hindu temple city
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
The fathers of the two defendants had been dismayed by
Tuesday's postponement in the case, which is being closely
followed by the Italian ambassador in New Delhi, Daniele
Mancini, and his staff.
The High Court of Allahabad had rejected Bruno and
Boncompagni'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 Bruno, who is from
the northern town of Albenga; and 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 said was a
"love triangle" gone wrong.

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