Italian marines return to India for trial

Mar 23, 2013, 08:52 IST | Agencies

Two Italian marines on bail were back in India after India assured Italy that the death penalty would not apply in their case, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura said

“The solution was triggered off by an official letter from the Indian authorities Thursday afternoon guaranteeing there will be no death penalty in this case,” Mistura said after meeting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

Back on Indian shores: Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone returned to India after the govt. promised that death penalty would not be imposed. File pic

“The death penalty is a serious issue for us. The government should set up a special court and expedite proceedings,” he said.

“The marines are at our embassy,” he said.

According to Mistura, the two Italian marines were in international waters when the firing incident — in which two Indian fishermen were killed — took place and were liable to be judged in their own country.

“A potential diplomatic crisis has been avoided,” he said.

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