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Italian marines facing murder charges return to India

Friday, January 04, 2013 - 01:04

Jan. 4 - Two Italian marines facing a murder trial in India over the deaths of two fishermen return to the country after being allowed to spend Christmas at home. Sunita Rappai reports.

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Back to face murder charges in India - two Italian marines arrive in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Friday after being allowed home for Christmas. The pair were members of a military security team protecting this cargo ship from pirate attacks off the Kerala coast. They're accused of shooting two fishermen dead last February after apparently mistaking them for pirates - sparking a diplomatic row between normally friendly Italy and India. Italy's consul said the return of the pair highlighted the 'honour' of the Italian government and armed forces. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ITALY'S CONSUL GENERAL, GIAMPAOLO CUTILLO, SAYING: "I am sure that the people of India, the people of Kerala, they will appreciate the importance of this gesture which we have done in good faith and I am sure that this will help to find a positive solution to this case." The marines must now wait for a decision from India's Supreme court after Italy took the case there, saying the shooting took place in international waters and was outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

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Italian marines facing murder charges return to India

Friday, January 04, 2013 - 01:04