Supreme Court Grants Murder Accused Italian Marine Three More Months at Home

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Supreme Court Grants Murder Accused Italian Marine Three More Months at Home

File photo of Italian marines Salvatore Girone (left) and Massimiliano Latorre. (Reuters photo)

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today granted an Italian marine's request for extended medical leave before he and a fellow marine face charges over the 2012 shooting of two Indian fishermen.

Massimiliano Latorre had asked the Supreme Court to allow him to stay longer in Italy after he suffered a stroke while detained in India and was allowed to go home for medical treatment. The court on Wednesday approved a three-month extension.

Latorre and Salvatore Girone are expected to be charged in the killing of two fishermen, when the marines were assigned to anti-piracy duty aboard Italian cargo ship Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala.

The case has sparked a diplomatic uproar between India and Italy, which has also said the fishermen were mistaken for pirates.



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