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India Rejects EU Parliament Resolution
Jan 21, 2015

India has rejected a European Parliament’s resolution asking India to allow the return of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen. India has said the matter is sub-judiced and the EU Parliament would have been well advised not to adopt the resolution. The  Supreme Court of India, in its recent ruling has granted three months extension to the Italian marine, Massimiliano Latorre, for his stay in Italy on health grounds and the other marine, Salvatore Girone is living in the Italian Embassy in New Delhi. Under these circumstances, the European Parliament would have been well advised not to adopt the Resolution.

The Resolution

  • The European Parliament in Strasbourg approved a resolution on the issue of two Italian marines.

  • The motion called for, among other things, the pair to be allowed to return to Italy and change of jurisdiction.

  • The European Parliament hopes that diplomatic dispute between Italy and India over the prosecution of two Italian marines will soon be settled, under Italian jurisdiction and/or through international arbitration.

  • In a joint resolution approved by a show of hands, the members expressed great sadness at the tragic death of the two Indian fishermen, but also grave concerns about the detention of the marines.

  • They sought repatriation of the marines saying their detention without charge was a serious breach of human rights.

The two marines, Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, were arrested on murder charges for the killing of two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 15, 2012. The two maintain that they fired at the fishermen after mistaking them for pirates while guarding their ship Enrica Lexie.


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