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Italy claims credit for softening in marine case

Hard work by Italian government turned New Delhi, says committee

24 February, 19:39
Italy claims credit for softening in marine case (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - Hard work by the Italian government helped convince India to soften its stance on the case of two marines held there in connection with two deadly shootings, a task force in Rome said Monday. "Today's decision of the supreme court in New Delhi to renounce use of the counter-terrorism law is the result of strong Italian opposition," said the cabinet's task force on the marines issue.

Earlier in the day, Indian prosecutors said they would not try Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre under a harsh anti-piracy, anti-terrorism law but the case would remain in the hands of anti-terrorism police.

The supreme court adjourned proceedings for two weeks, the latest in a string of delays which have irked Italy.

The EU and NATO have said the case could have implications on the global fight against piracy.

Italy says the marines should be tried in Italy because the February 2012 incident took place in international waters. The task force also said that Italy will "continue with determination" on its present course of action.