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Italy asks Kerala govt for facilities for marines

Italy asked the Kerala government to implement the guidelines outlined in the Geneva Agreement for war prisoners in the case of two Italian marines.



Thiruvananthapuram: Italy on Thursday asked the Kerala government to implement the guidelines outlined in the Geneva Agreement for war prisoners in the case of two Italian marines, who were arrested and lodged at the Central prison here in connection with the killing of two Indian fishermen.

This was put forward by a delegation from Italy led by Italian Defense Minister Giam Paolo di Paolo when he met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here.

The delegation also wanted the state to implement the
provisions mentioned in the United Nations Resolution with
regard to prisoners, an official release said.

Matters related to quarters, food, cloth and facilities
for sports activities are mentioned in the resolution and
Chandy assured the delegation that all these would be
implemented, it said.

Chandy also reiterated Kerala`s stand that the two
Italian marines should adhere to Indian law in the case.

Additional Chief Secretary K Jayakumar and DGP Jacob
Punnose were among those present from the state at the
meeting.

Two fishermen were killed when the marines allegedly
fired at their fishing boat off Kollam coast on February 15
from Italian ship `Enrica Lexie`.

Marines Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Gironi have
been arrested and charged with murder and lodged in the prison
here under judicial remand.

PTI

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