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Marines’ case should have been settled in 3 days: Italy

Italy has regretted that the case of two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen was not resolved within three days of the incident, before the issue became enmeshed in India’s ‘deadly judicial and political-electoral gears’.

‘The most suitable time to resolve it were the first 72 hours,’ said Staffan de Mistura, special envoy of the Italian government.

‘No one could have imagined, on 15 February, 2012, that this unheard-of affair involving two marines would be protracted for two long years,’ Foreign under-secretary Mistura said ahead of the next hearing of the case in India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone ‘entered the deadly judicial and political-electoral gears of Kerala’ after the matter was not resolved, Mistura was quoted as saying by Italy’s ANSA news agency.

The marines shot dead two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012, sparking diplomatic tensions between India and Italy.
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