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Napolitano blasts India's handling of marines case

President accuses New Delhi of being 'contradictory'

31 January, 19:06
Napolitano blasts India's handling of marines case (see related stories) (ANSA) - Rome, January 31 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday blasted India's handling of the case of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fisherman during an anti-piracy mission in 2012. He said in statement that the case had been managed in "contradictory, disconcerting ways by the Indian authorities". The head of State added that he will support efforts by Premier Enrico Letta to raise awareness among Italy's international partners about the marines, who could face the death penalty.

"The head of State will continue and intensify the contacts established on this issue with the heads of State of friendly nations, having already encountered attention and understanding about this painful case from them," added the statement.