Rome appeals in SC, seeks return of marine who suffered stroke

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 08, 2014 00:40 IST

Massimiliano Latorre, one of the Italian marines facing murder charges in India, has submitted a request to the Supreme Court to allow him to return to Italy for his “more rapid and complete recovery” after he suffered a condition similar to a mild stroke.

The request for return of chief Latorre is “motivated by the illness that necessitated admission (last Sunday) in a hospital in New Delhi, the agency said.

Latorre was hospitalised with a condition similar to a mild stroke earlier this week and Italian defence Minister Roberta Pinotti flew to check on his condition and to show support for his family, who is with him in India.

The marine has been responding well to treatment, the doctors were quoted as saying.

After the incident, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini had said in Rome, “As it has always been in these months, we follow the case of the two marine riflemen every day, with the aim of bringing them back to Italy.”

Latorre and Salvatore Girone are charged with murder of two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission while guarding a privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker off the coast of Kerala in February, 2012.

They are living at the Italian embassy here after being detained two-and-a-half-years ago. Rome has protested the long series of delays in the case, which has soured diplomatic ties between Italy and India.

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