NEW DELHI, January 16 (Sputnik) – India has denounced a European Parliament resolution asking New Delhi to allow the return to Italy of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said Friday.
"The 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," Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
The case has strained relations between the two countries further. In 2013, following the Italian February elections, Rome at first refused to send the marines back after India permitted them to travel to Italy to vote. The marines are currently on bail pending trial.