2 Italian marines held in India return home to vote
ReutersROME--Two Italian marines charged in India with killing two fishermen while on anti-pirate duty a year ago arrived home on Saturday to vote in parliamentary elections this weekend.
February 25, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
“We are happy to be back home. This has been possible because India's Supreme Court ... has shown itself to be very democratic by recognizing our right to vote,” Massimiliano Latorre said on arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport with his colleague, Salvatore Girone.
The two sailors, part of a military security team protecting the tanker Enrica Lexie, are accused of shooting the two fishermen they say they mistook for pirates off the southern Indian state of Kerala in February last year.
The incident has caused a serious diplomatic dispute between Italy and India, which have traditionally had good relations.
India's Supreme Court said in a long-awaited ruling last month that India had jurisdiction to try the marines, setting the stage for a criminal trial that could further sour ties between the two nations.