Gentiloni says marines issue 'open wound' for Italy-update 2

Comments on Indian case now three years old

(ANSA) - Rome, February 27 - The plight of two Italian marines under suspicion in India in the deaths of two fishermen three years ago remains "an open wound" for Italy, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the Lower House Friday.
    "The government is working without fanfare .... to set about solving this crisis," he said.
    The two marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been detained for long stretches in the case that occurred while they were on anti-piracy duty. Girone had been barred from leaving India, while the Indian Supreme Court has allowed to Latorre to return to Italy for a limited period for health reasons.
    Rome requested an extension after Latorre had heart surgery last week.
    India granted Latorre four months of leave last year after he suffered a stroke.
    Rome has protested the many delays in the case. Formal charges have not yet been presented.
   

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