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Mauro slams India over slow courts in marines case

No charges in two years 'goes against democratic relations'

10 February, 12:11
Mauro slams India over slow courts in marines case (see related) (ANSA) - New Delhi, February 10 - Italy's defence minister on Monday condemned Indian authorities for failing to press charges against two Italian marines two years after an alleged murder. "It's at odds with the rule of law and the fairness of relations between two sovereign democracies," Mario Mauro told ANSA. "It's good for Italy to make its voice heard in the international community".

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are in India awaiting charges for the murder of two Indian fishermen after allegedly mistaking them for pirates and opening fire on their fishing trawler while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala in February 2012.

A supreme court judge in New Delhi on Monday postponed a long-awaited ruling on whether to charge the pair with a harsh anti-terrorism law. The law carries the death penalty, but prosecutors say they would not seek it, opting for 10 years in prison instead.