Rome: Several hundred demonstrators made their way through the centre of Rome on Saturday in support of two Italian marines being held in a prison in India awaiting trail.
The two men, Salvatore Girone and Massilimiano Latorre, are accused of shooting and killing two Indian fishermen they mistook for pirates. They were providing security aboard an Italian oil tanker.
Forty marines from the San Marco Battalion came to Rome to participate in the march. The Mayor of Rome and several other politicians also joined in the protest.
The case, which has dragged on for the past three months, has tested India's relationship with Italy, which maintains that it has jurisdiction because the marines are active military personnel and the incident took place in international waters....more
11:46 AM, May 13, 2012