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Italian marines return home for Christmas

Posted on Dec 22, 03:38PM | IBNS

Two Italian marines, who were arrested for gunning down two Indian fishermen mistaking them as sea pirates in February, flew back home for Christmas on Saturday.

Escorted by Italian officials, the marines, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone, flew from the Kochi airport in a special aircraft at around 5 am, reports said.

"The marines have been made to file an affidavit saying they would return to Kerala on or before January 10, 2013, 3 pm," NDTV reported.

As per directions of the Keralal High Court, the Italian officials have deposited a bank guarantee of Rs. 6 crore in the Kollam Magistrate Court.

The Kerala High Court on Thursday allowed the marines to return home briefly for Christmas.

The court directed the Italian authorities to provide the mobile numbers, addresses and movement details of the Italian marines to Kochi's Police Commissioner.

Granting permission to visit Italy, the court also directed the petitioners to give a bank guarantee of Rs. 6 crore.

While the marines got bail later by the Kerala High Court in May end, they were not allowed to go outside Kochi.

On Feb 15 this year, security officials of the Italian cargo vessel Enrica Lexie allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen mistaking them as pirates in the high seas off Ambalapuzha in Kerala. They were subsequently arrested.

Italy last week called Indian Ambassador to their country Debabrata Saha to express its concern over the two marines.

At the instructions from the Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, the Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Michele Valensise, summoned Debabrata Saha last week and expressed profound dismay over the delay in the legal process in India.

Italy demanded an urgent solution to the problem.