ROME, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Italy on Tuesday called back its ambassador to India for protesting against Indian supreme court postponing trial of two Italian marines held in the Asian country for two years.
The Indian court originally set the final trial date for Feb. 18, but asked its government to explain by next week whether the two marines charged for killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 should face charges of under a stringent anti-piracy law.
According to Italy's AGI news agency, the hearing to decide on charges against two Italian marines has been postponed until Feb. 24 by the Indian Supreme Court.
The Court is still considering whether or not to use the anti-terrorism and anti-piracy law against Massimiliano Latore and Salvatore Girone.
Indian judge B. S. Chauhan said this will be the final postponement.
Attorney General of India Goolam E. Vahanvati said that charging the marines with terrorism could undermine the set-up of international anti-piracy missions. He acknowledged that the government is divided on whether to use the act and is under pressure from the international community, according to AGI reports.