Italian marine in legal case hospitalized in India

Doctors say Latorre responding to treatment, Pinotti to visit

One of the two Italian marines detained in India, Massimiliano Latorre, has been hospitalized in New Delhi and is responding well to treatment in the neurology department, doctors there said Monday. Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti is flying to New Delhi to check on his condition and to show support for Latorre’s family members who are with him in India.

Doctors treating Latorre said they were “pleased with how he responded to the first treatment,” according to a statement from the Italian defence ministry. Latorre and Salvatore Girone are living at the Italian embassy in New Delhi after being detained in connection with the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012.

Latorre and Girone are accused of killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after allegedly mistaking them for pirates and opening fire on their fishing trawler while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala on February 15, 2012. Rome has protested a long series of delays in the case, which has caused major diplomatic friction between the countries.

It successfully fought to ensure New Delhi take the death penalty off the table and drop the application of a severe anti-terrorism, anti-piracy law, which it said would have equated Italy with a terrorist state.


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