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Italian envoy in India to meet marines charged with murder

De Mistura to hold talks with Indian foreign minister

Italian envoy in India to meet marines charged with murder

New Delhi, August 13 -Italian government envoy Staffan De Mistura travelled to New Delhi on Tuesday to meet two Italian marines facing murder charges in India, Italian diplomatic sources told ANSA. De Mistura will meet Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone and their lawyers during his three-day visit. He will also hold talks with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday. The government envoy told ANSA that four marines who were on board the E. Lexie merchant ship with Latorre and Girone will not be sent to New Delhi to testify on the incident in which two Indian fishermen died. Latorre and Girone are accused by Indian authorities of the double homicides of Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki in Feburary 2012 after allegedly mistaking them for pirates while guarding the merchant ship off the Kerala coast. The four marines, De Mistura told ANSA, will not be sent to India in "a decision taken in Italy on all levels, including mine". "We are confident a solution will be found," he added. Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino last week repeated the government's intention to bring home the two marines. The government's objective, she said, is to "bring them home". "With radical obstinacy and sound realism," she added, "we can do it".

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