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Italy to seek international help over trial of marines in India

Rome: Italy will take up at the “international level” the trial of two marines in India for the killing of two Indian fishermen, Premier Enrico Letta has said.Speaking days before India's Supreme Court takes up
PTI January 18, 2014 19:39 IST
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Rome: Italy will take up at the “international level” the trial of two marines in India for the killing of two Indian fishermen, Premier Enrico Letta has said.

Speaking days before India's Supreme Court takes up Italy's challenge to the invocation of an anti-terrorism law against the marines, Letta said his government “plans to send an Italian House delegation to New Delhi” over the issue.  

The Italian Prime Minister vowed to move at an “international level” on the issue of Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

He did not give details of the actions his government intends to take.

In a statement issued after Letta held a meeting yesterday with Foreign Minister Emma Bonino and Defence Minister Mario Mauro, the government reiterated its “firm expectation that the Indian government would keep its assurances...that the case in question does not fall under anti-piracy norms (that include capital punishment as a possible sentence)”.  Letta also said he “was happy with the solidarity expressed by the European Union”.