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Families say Italian marines ready to return to India

Marines' families say they are hopeful of a positive outcome

Families say Italian marines ready to return to India

Bari, January 2 - The families of two Italian marines facing trial in India said Wednesday that the men are ready to return and hoping for a positive outcome. "They...will return to India with the hope that in a short time their story could have a positive solution," Vania Girone, wife of marine Salvatore Girone, said in a telephone interview with ANSA. He and fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre were given special permission by Indian judges to return to Italy for a two-week Christmas holiday under the condition they return to face trial. In Rome Wednesday, Latorre's family said they were also feeling "confident in a positive solution" to the case. Earlier, an Indian news agency suggested the pair were not coming back to face the courts on accusations that they killed two Indian fishermen while on anti-pirate patrol. Instead, according to Indian reports, the pair wanted to remain to campaign for election in February's national Italian vote. An Italian official, who denied that report, also expressed hope for an Indian Supreme Court decision, "which should happen in January".

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