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Anti-piracy marines flying back to India

Latorre and Girone leave Italy after Christmas permit expires

Anti-piracy marines flying back to India

Rome, January 3 – The two Italian marines facing trial in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission are currently on a specially-organized flight returning them to the Asian nation after their Christmas permit expired. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone departed from Rome military airport Ciampino after their 14-day permit expired. They spent the Christmas festivities in Italy after being given a two-week permit to return home for the holidays by an Indian court. They are flying back to the state of Kerala on an Italian military aircraft where they will be driven to the city of Kollum three hours away where they will hand their passports back to Indian authorities. The pair have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India after they allegedly shot fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki off the southern Indian coast last February. They face homicide charges. The marines were released from detention on bail in June, but were confined to Indian territory until they were granted the permit for Christmas.

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