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Italian ambassador demands quick resolution for marines

Mancini 'satisfied' at India restoring diplomatic immunity

Italian ambassador demands quick resolution for marines

Rome, April 3 - Italy's ambassador to New Delhi, Daniele Mancini, has called for a rapid resolution to the case of two Italian marines charged with homicide in India and expressed confidence in a special tribunal established by the Indian Supreme Court to assess jurisdiction. ''Italy has always insisted, and will continue to insist, on the incident being positioned within an international framework,'' Mancini told Wednesday's edition of Rome-based daily La Repubblica newspaper in reference to the alleged shooting by Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone of two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in February 2012. Italy claims that India should not have jurisdiction over the matter as the incident took place in international waters. The Italian diplomat said he believed the New Delhi tribunal would ''give a serious verdict based on documentary evidence'' and that the position of the two servicemen would be clarified ''definitively''. Mancini also expressed his 'satisfaction' at the restoration of his diplomatic immunity and freedom of travel after these were temporarily suspended in the wake of the decision - subsequently revoked - by Rome not to return the servicemen to India on the expiry of a parole permit in late March. The U-turn by the government drew strong criticism and led to the resignation of the Giulio Terzi as Italian foreign minister. The marines had been allowed to come home to vote in February's general election.

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