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Italy summons Indian ambassador over Marines

Rome, Dec 14: Italy has summoned India's ambassador to insist that the country's Supreme Court issue a decision soon concerning two Italian marines detained since February for the deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for
PTI December 14, 2012 10:42 IST
PTI
Rome, Dec 14: Italy has summoned India's ambassador to insist that the country's Supreme Court issue a decision soon concerning two Italian marines detained since February for the deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates.



Italy maintains the shooting occurred in international waters and that as a result, Rome should have jurisdiction.

India claims the ship was in in its territorial waters.

The Supreme Court is to decide on Italy's petition to try the sailors at home.

In a statement today, the Italian Foreign Ministry said it was "profoundly bewildered" why the court hasn't ruled even though arguments ended three months ago. It asked for a decision before Christmas.

The sailors were providing security on a cargo ship when they allegedly shot the fishermen. The dispute has strained diplomatic relations.