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Anti-piracy marines return to India Friday

Latorre and Girone leave Italy after Christmas permit expires

03 January, 13:43
Anti-piracy marines return to India Friday (ANSA) - Rome, January 3 - The attorney for the two Italian marines facing trial in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission said that they will land in the Indian city of Kochi on Friday at 8:30am local time.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are in Italy after being given a two-week permit to return home for the Christmas holidays by an Indian court. They will be flown back to the state of Kerala on an Italian military aircraft then be driven to the city of Kollum three hours away where they will hand their passports back to Indian authorities.

The pair have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India after they allegedly shot fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki off the southern Indian coast last February.

They face homicide charges.

The marines were released from detention on bail in June, but were confined to Indian territory until they were granted the permit for Christmas.