Italy PM calls Modi for 'rapid, positive solution' on marines

Italy PM calls Modi for 'rapid, positive solution' on marines

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi that judicial process should be allowed to continue in the case of the two marines from the South European country who are currently undergoing trial for killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala in February 2012.

Modi told Renzi that the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court of India, which had admitted the writ petitions filed by the marines. He also told the Italian premier that Rome should allow the judicial process to take its own course, according to a press release issued by his office.

Renzi called up Modi on Monday to seek a “rapid and positive solution” to the issue of the marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who are now out on bail and are staying at the Italian Embassy in New Delhi. The Supreme Court on July 31 adjourned the hearing on the writ petition of the marines to October 14.

“Indian judiciary is free, fair and independent and we are convinced that it will take all aspects into consideration in adjudicating the case,” Modi told Renzi.  Massimilano and Salvadore were arrested by Kerala Police on February 19 for opening fire at an Indian fishing vessel from onboard MV Enrica Lexie, which was on its way from Singapore to Egypt.

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