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India summons Italian ambassador over marines

Rome said Monday not sending back servicemen accused of homicide

India summons Italian ambassador over marines

New Delhi, March 12 - Italian ambassador to New Delhi, Daniele Mancini, was summoned by the Indian foreign ministry Tuesday to explain Italy's decision not to send back two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in February 2012. The summons came after Indian Premier Manmohan Singh described as "absolutely unacceptable" Monday's announcement that Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone would not be returning to face trial in India when a four-week permit to exercise their right to vote in last month's general elections expired. The centre-right opposition Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) said the decision was "a betrayal" and "a deceit against the Supreme Court of India", which has twice granted the marines a permit to return home - the first time for Christmas - following guarantees from the Italian government that they would subsequently be returned. "Italians think India is a banana republic," the BJP spokesman said. In a statement Monday, the foreign ministry said that "the conduct of Indian authorities violated international rights" by detaining them for over a year, opening to the possible intervention of an international arbitrator in the case. On Tuesday the wife of Gelastine Valentine, one of the two Kerala fishermen allegedly shot dead by the marines from aboard the oil tanker Enrica Lexie after mistaking them for pirates, called for the servicemen to be returned to India because "I have not yet seen justice done". Meanwhile the Indian news channel CNN-IBN has been playing up the fact that just Monday the Italian government bowed to requests from New Delhi and handed over documents pertaining to alleged kickbacks paid by defence and aerospace giant Finmeccanica for the sale of 12 helicopters to India.

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