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Italy tries to recruit international support in marines case

'Affects all nations with anti-piracy missions'

13 March, 15:44
Italy tries to recruit international support in marines case (ANSA) - New Delhi, March 13 - Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said in New Delhi on Thursday that the Italian government will seek to "internationalize" the case of the two anti-piracy marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are currently awaiting charges in New Delhi, two years after they allegedly mistook a fishing trawler for a pirate vessel while guarding an Italian tanker. "The internationalization of the case is a priority in our strategy in bringing them back home," she said. "It is important for us to obtain justice not only for ourselves but for all the nations that have anti-piracy troops stationed across the globe".

Last week Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said she was in talks with her Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid and "working to bring them back to Italy". India recently took the death penalty off the table, saying the pair could face up to 10 years in jail.

Italy is seeking international arbitration on the incident, which took place in international waters off the coast of the southern Indian state of Kerala on February 15, 2012.