New Delhi: The issue of the Italian marines - Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone - who are facing a trial in India for killing two Kerala fishermen, will come up in the Supreme Court on Monday. Sources said while Italy was expected to maintain its position that the marines would not return to India, Italian Ambassador Daniel Mancini was unlikely to file an affidavit in the court as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity.
India and Italy are in the midst of a diplomatic row after Rome reneged on its commitment to send back its two marines, who were allowed by the Supreme Court on February 22 to go to Italy for four weeks for voting in election. India is in the process of downgrading its diplomatic ties and decided not to post the Ambassador-designate to Rome who was to assume the charge by next week.
The Indian government had this week announced decision to initiate review of entire gamut of relations with Italy which includes diplomatic, trade and defence ties apart from reaching out to the European Union, which was briefed on India's views and position in the matter.
The marines face trial in a special Indian court for shooting and killing two Indian fisherman - Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki - while guarding an Italian oil tanker off the coast of Kerala in February, 2012. The Italian government claims India does not have jurisdiction in the case as the incident took place in international waters.
(With additional information from PTI)