The marines, deployed on the Italian-flagged oil tanker MT Enrica Lexie, had contended they mistook the fishermen for pirates. They are now staying in the Italian Embassy in New Delhi awaiting trial. Italy has requested Latorre and Girone be allowed to return home and the whole case be dropped. Rome wants the marines to be tried in Italy, claiming the incident took place in international waters. However, New Delhi says it has the right to try the Italians as the victims were Indians on board an Indian fishing boat.
A special court on March 31 has fixed July 31 for hearing the case of the two Italian marines.(PTI)