Italy pardons US airforce man with a hope of clemency for marines being tried in India

 On Friday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano  pardoned one American air force officer in the abduction case of one Egyptian terror suspect and hope India will follow the steps to pardon two Italian marines who re under trial in India for shooting two fishermen.

Colonel Joseph L Romano is one of the 23 US citizens sentenced by the Supreme Court of Italy who was responsible for abducting Hassan Mustafa Omar from Milan in 2003.

The two Italian marines, Massimiliano Lattore and Salvatore Girone have been booked by India’s National Investigation Agency for murder and other charges in connection with the killing of two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast in February, 2012.

On Friday, Prime Minister Mario Monti had called up External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid expressing concern over NIA slapping murder charges against the marines.Later, a meeting between Khurshid and Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Staffan de Mistura it was agreed to keep Italian government posted on the developments in the case. 

Earlier in a clarification to Italy, Khurshid had said that the marine’s case did not fall under the rarest of rare category to call for death penalty.