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EU Parl adopts resolution on marines, India frowns

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution asking India to allow the return of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, drawing a sharp reaction from New Delhi which termed the step as not “well advised” as the matter was sub-judice.

Taking exception to the European Parliament’s decision, India on Friday said the case involving the two Italian marines is sub judice, and is being discussed between India and Italy.

“The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, in its ruling on 14th January, 2015, 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,” official spokesperson in External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi. In a late night development, 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.
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