Christmas at home for Italian Marines. Chaplain: India knows they are credible people

December 21, 2012 by  
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The High Court of the State grants a two weeks license, after payment of bail. Fr. Giuseppe Faraci tells AsiaNews of “the irreproachable conduct” of Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone during these months in India. The permission is “a moment of joy,” but not a shortcut.

The two Italian MarinesKochi, December 20, 2012: The two Italian Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone will spend Christmas at home with their families. This was established by the Kerala High Court today, granting the request for two weeks permission to spend the holiday at home. A gesture that is “taken for what it is,” explains Fr. Giuseppe Faraci, a Comboni missionary and military chaplain to AsiaNews: not a shortcut to close the case, but “a concession to tow men which they deserve. India has always recognized their conduct has been above reproach.”

The court has fixed their return to India for January 10, 2013, and a deposit of 60 million rupees (about 828 thousand euro). In addition, the Italian authorities must provide addresses, telephone numbers and update the police station in Kochi of Girone and Latorre’s movements.

According to the priest, who has followed the two soldiers of the battalion San Marco from the beginning of the case, “beyond the actions of the two governments [Indian and Italian, ed], they have proven to be credible people.” Now, he adds, “they are coming home for a holiday. It is a great moment of joy. Following this we will try to pick up the thread of all, in the hope of resolving this episode for the best.”

The two Marines are the only suspects in the death of two Indian fishermen, Jelestein and Ajesh Binki, during the incident on 15 February with the Italian tanker Enrica Lexie, off the coast of Kerala. (GM)


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