Italy recalls envoy over India row

19 February 2014 BBC Online


Italy has recalled its ambassador to India in a continuing dispute with Delhi over two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
The foreign ministry said Daniele Mancini would fly to Rome immediately because of "yet another unacceptable, deliberate delay" in the courts.
The Supreme Court was due to hear the case on Tuesday but it was postponed.
Italy was already angered by an Indian decision to try the two men for the 2012 killings under an anti-piracy law.
The marines said they mistook the fishermen for pirates.
In a statement, the foreign ministry in Rome said: "The Italian government has decided the immediate recall to Rome of its ambassador to New Delhi, Daniele Mancini, for consultations."
It condemned "the evident Indian inability to manage this issue" and said its main objective was the return of the two marines to their homeland.
On Tuesday the Supreme Court deferred the case until next week, when prosecutors said they were waiting for a decision from the government on the law under which the men should be tried.

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