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Accused Italian marine returns home

The Italian marine accused of killing two fishermen in India has returned home pending a ruling on where he should be tried in a long-running case that has soured ties between the two countries.

Accused Italian marine returns home
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Salvatore Girone

Rome

Salvatore Girone touched down in Rome on Saturday after four years in India, where he was being held pending the resolution of a dispute between New Delhi and Rome over who has jurisdiction in the case. His wife, children and father rushed onto the plane for an emotional reunion, after which he was met on the tarmac by Italy’s foreign and defence ministers, raising his clasped hands together in a sign of victory. The newly reunited family was expected to travel straight on to Bari in southern Italy, where locals had planned a homecoming party. Girone and fellow marine Massimiliano Latorre are accused of shooting fishermen off India’s southern Kerala coast in 2012.

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