20 miles off the Indian coast of Kerala, the Italian oil tanker Enrica Lexie sails to Gibuti with thirty-four people, they are convinced they are undergoing a pirate attack so they shoot the other ship. Two riflemen Massimo Lattore and Salvatore Girone are arrested for murder. The Kollam courts holds the two marines at “Indian Central Industrial Security” rather than in a normal prison. Giampaolo Cutillo asks for immunity the Italian military, but they reject the request. After journalist have spread the news, they are asked to withdraw the penality against the marines. Italy agrees to pay for humanitarian and charitable reasons as a sign of respect, so an economic agreement is reached for the two Indian fishermen killed. Their ship is still under seizure but the other four riflemen will be called and appear before the Indian judical authorities. The Kerala court subsequently gives the marines two weeks for the Chiristmas holidays, then they returned to India. In 2016 one of the two marines returned to Italy but only for a short time because unfortunately he suffered from a heart problem and had to undergo on operation, but then returned to India. Today, 8 years have passed since the accident and Italy and India still have this account pending and await the sentence of the judges of the “Aja” tribunal that will have to decide whether the two soldiers should be tried in India or in our country.
EIGHT YEARS LATER…
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