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Italian marines held in India return home for Christmas

Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre (C) arrive with Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India are likely to spend Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre (C) arrive with Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the...more

Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre (C) arrive with Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India are likely to spend Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italian marine Salvatore Girone (L) speaks to the media next to fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India flew back home for Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italian marine Salvatore Girone (L) speaks to the media next to fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India flew back...more

Italian marine Salvatore Girone (L) speaks to the media next to fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India flew back home for Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre (C) walk with Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India flew back home for Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre (C) walk with Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two...more

Italian marines Salvatore Girone (L) and Massimiliano Latorre (C) walk with Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli after landing at Ciampino airport in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India flew back home for Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre (C) and Salvatore Girone (L) speak to the media after landing at Ciampino airport, accompanied by Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli, in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India are likely to spend Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre (C) and Salvatore Girone (L) speak to the media after landing at Ciampino airport, accompanied by Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli, in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged...more

Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre (C) and Salvatore Girone (L) speak to the media after landing at Ciampino airport, accompanied by Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli, in Rome, December 22, 2012. Two Italian marines charged with killing two fishermen off the coast of India are likely to spend Christmas in Italy, after an Indian court on Thursday accepted the sailors' request to be allowed to join their families for the holiday season. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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