Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday got a telephone call from Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Sources said that Singh appreciated the Italian governments decision to return the marines to India.
Singh also recalled the recent conversation between the External Affairs Minister and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Italy,Staffan de Mistura and mentioned that the process of setting up a special court is at a fairly advanced stage and the Attorney General would provide further details on this during the hearing in the Supreme Court on April 16.
The Prime Minister also said that in view of pending investigations,it would be premature to take a view on specific aspects.
However,he recalled the clarifications provided by the Ministry of External Affairs to Italy in its earlier communication prior to the return of the marines from Italy. The government has clarified that the marines case does not attract death penalty.
The Italian Prime Minister thanked his counterpart for the update,sources said. He also conveyed his condolences to the Prime Minister on the sad incident in South Sudan which led to the death of five Indian Peacekeepers and injuries to four others.