Kochi (India)

Italian marines detained in India to come home for holidays

Granted two weeks by Indian supreme court

Italian marines detained in India to come home for holidays

Kochi (India), December 21 - Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone arrived in the courthouse of the southern coastal Indian city of Kollam on Friday to ask for the return of their passports. The Indian Supreme Court granted the two marines, who are on trial in Kollam for the off-shore killing of two fishermen last February, permission to return home for two weeks over the holidays. The marines were accompanied by Italian ambassador Giacomo Sanfelice and the Italian Consul General of Mumbai Giampaolo Cutillo. The Italian delegation was met by a throng of journalists and cameramen at the courthouse, but received the passports without incident. Latorre and Girone "could leave for Rome tonight," a member of the Italian delegation told ANSA. An airplane from Italy with Italian officials on board landed in the Kochi international airport on Friday to escort the two marines to Italy.

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