India’s tough stand works Italian marines to return today, won’t be arrested

India’s toughest stand-off with Italy over the two Italian marines, Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone, has marked its victory as Italian govt said to return both accused to India.

Reports indicated that sudden move came after the Indian government assured in written on request of the Italian authorities that the treatment of the marines and their fundamental rights would be protected.

There would be no death penalty against both accused, it added.

As today the deadline set by the Supreme Court for retuning the marines ends, the Italy breakthrough erupted agreeing to send back two marines to India on Friday, to face trial for accusing murder charges in killing of two Kerala fishermen.

Minister of State for Home RPN Singh appreciated Italy and tweeted “India’s tough stand as articulated by the PM and Sonia Gandhi has worked. Italy sending back its 2 marines to face trial in India.”

It has been said that government is expected to make a statement in Parliament today.

An international diplomatic row had sparked earlier this month over Italian marines’ fate. Amid warning raised from India to Italy of be consequences if the marines were not returned. Even SC restricted Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India without its permission.

On Mancini undertaking, India had granted leave to two marines to go home to vote in elections. But on March 11, Italy announced not to return them as the case would proceed in Italy court.


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