Indian discontent over European resolution

Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone

New Delhi/ Brussels: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution where it has asked India to allow the return of two Italian marines which were accused of killing two Indian fishermen. However, the resolution was not taken in the best of spirit by New Delhi. It was even termed as a step not “well advised” as the matter was sub judice.

The Honourable 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.

The two marines, Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, were arrested on murder charges for the killing of two Indian fisherman 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 the ship ‘Enrica Lexie’.

The shooting incident sparked a diplomatic row between India and Italy over conflicting opinions on jurisdiction and immunity.