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Marines' wives reiterate trust in Italy's institutions

'They are the ones to bring Massimiliano and Salvatore home'

18 February, 15:26
Marines' wives reiterate trust in Italy's institutions (see related) (ANSA)- Sanremo, February 18 - The partners of two Italian servicemen facing terror charges in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012 reiterated their trust in Italy's institutions Tuesday and called on the new government to bring them home. "We have never lost faith in Italy's institutions," Vania Ardito, wife of Salvatore Girone, told journalists gathered for the opening of the annual song contest in Sanremo. She and Paola Moschetti, partner of Massimiliano Latorre, were invited by the local authorities to attend a pre-competition press conference in order to sensitise public opinion to the plight of the marines who have been held in India without formal charges for over two years.

"This is the third government to take office," she continued in reference to the team currently being put together by Premier-Designate Matteo Renzi following the resignation of Democratic Party (PD) colleague Enrico Letta last week. "However, our trust remains: they are the ones who must bring Salvatore and Massimiliano home".

The marines are accused of killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki 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 on February 15, 2012.

A technocrat government led by economist Mario Monti was in office at the time. "We are afraid the Indian government will continue to hold Massimiliano and Salvatore in India unjustly," said Ardito.