Marines’ return to India

A decision to return two Italian marines accused of murdering fishermen to stand trial in India stirred anger in Italy ¬†and calls for Terzi’s resignation.

Marines’ return to India stirs anger in Italy

(Reuters) – A decision to return two Italian marines accused of murdering fishermen to stand trial in India stirred anger in Italy on Friday and calls for Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi to resign.

Mario Monti’s caretaker government on Thursday reversed a March 11 decision not to send the marines back from a home visit after Rome secured a promise from New Delhi that the two would not face the death penalty if convicted, officials said.

The marines, part of a military security team protecting a tanker from piracy, are accused of shooting two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 2012.

They say they fired warning shots at a fishing boat believing it to be a pirate vessel.

The sailors, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, arrived back in India on Friday, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura.

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By Catherine Hornby and Satarupa Bhattacharjya

Source: Reuters.

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