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Bonino to report after Ban says marines case bilateral

Foreign Minister to address Senate Thursday at 10:00

12 February, 14:16
Bonino to report after Ban says marines case bilateral (see related story) (ANSA) - Rome, February 12 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino will report to the Senate on Thursday at 10:00 local time amid alarm here after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the case of two Italian marines facing terrorism charges in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen on an anti-piracy mission was a "bilateral issue".

Bonino on Tuesday said Rome was appealing to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) after prosecutors in New Delhi requested the pair be charged under an anti-terror law.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been living and working at the Italian embassy in New Delhi pending charges for allegedly killing Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after allegedly 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.

Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) announced Bonino would address parliament.

Earlier on Wednesday the parliament defence and foreign affairs commissions requested that the examination of a government decree on Italy's international missions to be suspended until Bonino reports to lawmakers on Ban's comments.