Italian envoy gets OK to leave India

AFP-JIJI

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled its order preventing the Italian ambassador from leaving the country, which it passed last month in a diplomatic row with Rome.

The court imposed the restriction on Ambassador Daniele Mancini after Rome failed to return two Italian Marines facing murder charges in New Delhi.

Mancini had signed an affidavit taking responsibility for their return after they had been allowed to travel back to Italy on bail.

The order caused concern that India could be in breach of international law, which grants foreign envoys freedom of movement, but the impasse was resolved when Italy sent the marines back to face trial on March 22. The two marines were guarding an Italian oil tanker when they opened fire on a fishing boat, which they say they mistook for a pirate vessel.