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Terzi presses new Indian FM over detained Italian marines

Latorre and Girone held since February over fishermen shooting

Terzi presses new Indian FM over detained Italian marines

Rome, October 29 - Italian Foreign Minister Guilio Terzi contacted his newly appointed Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid to stress Italy's wish to bring home two anti-pirate marines held for allegedly killing two local fishermen, the foreign ministry said Monday. India's Supreme Court has still not given its ruling on Italy's petition that it should have jurisdiction over the case because the incident took place on an Italian ship. Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India since being detained in February for charges that include the homicide The Italian government believes that, regardless of who has jurisdiction, the marines should be exempt from prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on an anti-piracy mission. They were granted bail in June, but must remain in Indian territory. On Sunday, Salman Khurshid was named Indian foreign minister by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who reorganized roughly a third of his cabinet in what was widely seen as a bid to regain electoral support ahead of elections.

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