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Italian marines' jurisdiction appeal in India rejected

Ruling further postponed

29 May, 13:12
Italian marines' jurisdiction appeal in India rejected (ANSA) - New Delhi, May 29 - An appeal to decide the jurisdiction of two Italian anti-pirate marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen off the southern coast of India in February was rejected by the Kochi High Court on Monday, sources told ANSA.

A ruling on the appeal has been postponed numerous times, the last in April. The detained marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between India and Italy since their arrest and imprisonment in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.

The Indian supreme court is considering Italy's claim that it should have jurisdiction for the case, not India, as the incident took place aboard an Italian vessel in international waters.

Italy says it should have jurisdiction for the case, not India, as the soldiers were guarding an Italian merchant vessel in international waters.

The Italian government also believes that, regardless of who has jurisdiction, the marines should be exempt from prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on an anti-piracy mission.

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