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India gives Italian marines leave to vote

Murder suspects let back for Feb 24-25 vote

India gives Italian marines leave to vote

New Delhi, February 22 - The supreme court of India on Friday granted a request from two Italian marines on trial for murder there to return to Italy to exercise their right to vote in general elections Sunday and Monday. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who were also allowed back for the Christmas holidays, have been at the center of an international row since last February for allegedly shooting Indian fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki from aboard the oil tanker Enrica Lexie, mistaking them for pirates. Lawyers for the pair said their clients were "delighted" they are coming home for the February 24-25 elections, "also because of the further time they will be able to spend with their families". The marines have mislaid their passports and will travel on special permits, ANSA learned. For one year the Italian government has been working to get the trial moved to Italian courts since the events took place aboard an Italian ship in international waters.

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