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Italy to Returns 2 Marine Murder Suspects to India

22 March 2013

Italy said it would return two marines to India by Friday to face murder charges in the shooting deaths of two fishermen, reversing a decision that escalated diplomatic tensions. The government said on Friday it decided to return the men after receiving written assurance from Indian authorities that their “fundamental rights” would be respected. Friday had been the return date originally agreed upon when India permitted the pair to travel to Italy to vote in national elections last month. Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone agreed to the decision and were to leave immediately and will live in the Italian embassy in New Delhi, officials said.—AP