ROME, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Italy recalled its abassador to India in response to the Indian Supreme Court's new delay in the case against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
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 kiling two Indian fishermen in 2012 should face charges under a stringent anti-piracy law.
According to Italy's AGI news agency, the hearing to decide on charges against the two Italian marines has been postponed until Feb. 24 by the Indian Supreme Court.
The court is sitill considering whether or not to use the anti-terrorism and anti-piracy Sua Act 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, the AGI reports said.
Italian ambassador to India Daniele Mancini will return to Italy immediately for consultations, the foreign ministry said in a statement, saying "a new and unacceptable delay by the Indian Supreme Court" in the case has harmed ties of the two countries.
"Italy will continue and intensify action to defend its sovereign rights in line with international law," Foreign Minister Emma Bonino was quoted by local media as saying.