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European Union asks India to allow return of Italian marines

India on Friday said the case involving the two Italian marines is being discussed between India and Italy.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 17, 2015 3:12:15 am

A day after the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking India to allow the return of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, India termed the step not “well advised” as the matter was sub judice.

Taking exception to the European Parliament’s decision, India on Friday said the case involving the two Italian marines is being discussed between India and Italy.

The Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, said, “The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in its ruling on 14th January, 2015, has granted three months extension to the Italian marine, Massimiliano Latorre, for his stay in Italy on health grounds and the other marine, Salvatore Girone is living in the Italian Embassy in New Delhi.”

“Under these circumstances, the European Parliament would have been well advised not to adopt the Resolution,” the MEA spokesperson said.

In a late night development, the European Parliament in Strasbourg approved a resolution on the issue of the two Italian marines. The motion called for, among other things, the duo to be allowed to return to Italy and change of jurisdiction.

“The European Parliament hopes that diplomatic dispute between Italy and India over the prosecution of two Italian marines… will soon be settled under Italian jurisdiction and/or through international arbitration,” a press release by European Parliament said quoting the resolution.

Members also called for the marines to be repatriated, as their detention without charge is a “serious breach of human rights”, it said. In a joint resolution approved by a show of hands, the members expressed great sadness at the tragic death of the two Indian fishermen, but also grave concerns about the detention of the marines, it said.

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