Italian MPs to write EU counterparts on marines case
Italy mobilizing on many fronts to drum up international support11 February, 18:03
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are awaiting indictments in the shooting deaths of Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki, two Indian fishermen, in February 2012. They opened fire on their fishing trawler, alleging they mistook it for a pirate vessel, while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala.
India has been mulling whether to charge them under an anti-terrorism law, sparking an international outcry including from the EU. Italy has petitioned India's Supreme Court and the UN in a bid to have its marines returned, and has also threatened to freeze bilateral treaty negotiations with India unless the case is speedily resolved.