Indian official says marines must stay in India
'Do not release even if the UN intervenes' writes Chandy21 March, 17:05
UN General Assembly President John Ashe was set to meet with Singh on Friday, and some observers suggested they would discuss a possible release after an appeal earlier this week from Italy's Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of allegedly killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after reputedly 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.
The two marines have been living and working at the Italian embassy in India pending charges in the case.
In the letter, Chandy asked Singh to "not give into the pressure of Italy", warning that the release of Latorre and Girone "could weaken the credibility of the judicial system of the country".