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India court weighs leave permit for Italian marines to vote

Judges to examine motion Tuesday

India court weighs leave permit for Italian marines to vote

New Delhi, February 18 - The supreme court of India on Tuesday will examine a request by the two Italian marines on trial there to return to Italy to exercise their right to vote in general elections, judicial sources told ANSA Monday. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone have been at the center of an international dispute since last February for allegedly shooting Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki from aboard the oil tanker Enrica Lexie, mistaking them for pirates. If granted a special leave petition, the two would be permitted to come to Italy for elections on February 24-25, and to spend time with their families. For one year the Italian government has been working to try the men in Italian courts since the events took place aboard an Italian ship in international waters.

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