Italy's new defense minister to raise marines case at NATO
Pinotti to broach anti-piracy row with India at two-day summit25 February, 18:51
Massimiliano Girone and Salvatore Latorre are facing trial in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012.
Premier Matteo Renzi has said bringing the marines home is a priority for his new government, arguing they have been in India ''too long'' and describing the affair as ''absurd''.
Prosecutors in New Delhi on Monday told the supreme court that they were in favor of dropping a request for the marines to be prosecuted under an anti-terrorism and anti-piracy law.
The possible application of the anti-terrorism law in this case caused major diplomatic tensions between the two nations, with Rome saying it equated Italy to a terrorist State.