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Italy recalls envoy to India over case against marines accused of killing Indian fishermen

Published on Feb 18, 2014 4:34 PM

ROME (AFP) - Italy on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to India and summoned the Indian ambassador to express its concern over a delay in court proceedings against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.

Ambassador Basant Kumar Gupta was summoned “to express the bewilderment and profound disappointment of the Italian government", the foreign ministry said.

The move came just hours after Italy recalled its ambassador from India, Daniele Mancini, in protest over what it described as “a new and unacceptable delay by the Indian Supreme Court”.

“The Indian judicial authorities’ delaying tactics – two years on from the incident – are unacceptable and indicate an Indian desire to procrastinate beyond all limits,” Italy’s secretary general of the foreign ministry, Michele Valensise, said in a statement.

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