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Travel ban on Italian ambassador to India lifted

Daniele Mancini grounded in row over marines, alleged murder

Travel ban on Italian ambassador to India lifted

New Delhi, April 2 - The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked travel restrictions on Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini, who had been banned from exiting the country in a row over two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen. A hearing has been scheduled for April 16 for the ambassador, who was slapped with the ban last month when Italy announced it did not intend to return Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to India to face trial for allegedly killing fishermen Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki one year ago. Italy eventually decided to return the men to New Delhi, prompting the Italian foreign minister to resign. The supreme court's decision is the latest move in a protracted diplomatic row. Italy has always contended that the men be tried in India since the incident took place in international waters. Latorre and Girone had been providing security aboard the Enrica Lexie merchant ship, which had sailed into pirate-infested waters. Indian prosecutors say the marines mistook the fishermen for pirates.

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