New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The two Italian marines facing trial for killing two Indian fishermen last year are headed back to India, the government announced Friday.
"Following diplomatic contacts #Italy informed that Marines will return to #India in accordance with timeline provided to Supreme Court," the external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet post.
The Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini had given an undertaking to the Supreme Court that they would return to India by March 22 after voting in the elections.
But on March 11, the Italian embassy informed India that they would not be sending the marines back to face trial, leading to a diplomatic stand off with Italy. The ambassador was restrained by the apex court from leaving India.
The marines had killed the fishermen mistaking them to be pirates.
--Indo-Asian News service