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India: court allows Italian marine home for medical care

India: court allows Italian marine home for medical care
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One of two Italian marines facing murder charges in India has been allowed return to Italy for medical treatment.

India’s top court said Massimiliano Latorre could leave India to have a blood flow blockage treated. He suffered a stroke triggered by the condition last month.

The Italian ambassador promised the marine would return to India in four months to face trial.

Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said: “We approached this as a humanitarian issue, and on that grounds (the) government has not opposed the request and therefore the Supreme Court has agreed to it.”

The two marines are due to stand trial for killing two Indian fishermen at sea in 2012. They were providing security for a cargo ship when they shot at a fishing boat after mistaking it for a pirate craft.

Italy argues the shooting happened in international waters and previously demanded the men’s return. India refused.

The marines are on bail, living and working at the Italian embassy.