Italy obliged to return marines, says India

Mar 13, 2013, 00:02 IST | Agencies

India yesterday conveyed to Italy "in the strongest terms" that it was obliged to ensure the return of the two marines facing trial in India for murder.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said after meeting Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini at South Block, “Italy is obliged to ensure that the marines return to India in the time frame given by the Supreme Court.”

The Italian envoy refused to speak to the media. The Supreme Court in February allowed Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala, to fly to Italy to vote in the Feb 24-25 national election.

The apex court was given an undertaking that the marines will return in four weeks to face legal proceedings in India.

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