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Indian court OKs extended leave for Italian marine detained over 2012 shooting of 2 fishermen

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2012 file photo Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre talks to media after arriving at the Ciampino Rome airport from Kochi, India. India's top court on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, granted the Italian marine's request for extended medical leave before he and a fellow marine face charges over the 2012 shooting of two Indian fishermen. Massimiliano Latorre had asked the Supreme Court to allow him to stay longer in Italy after he suffered a stroke while detained in India and was allowed to go home for medical treatment. The court on Wednesday approved a three-month extension. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2012 file photo Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre talks to media after arriving at the Ciampino Rome airport from Kochi, India. India's top court on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, granted the Italian marine's request for extended medical leave before he and a fellow marine face charges over the 2012 shooting of two Indian fishermen. Massimiliano Latorre had asked the Supreme Court to allow him to stay longer in Italy after he suffered a stroke while detained in India and was allowed to go home for medical treatment. The court on Wednesday approved a three-month extension. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)  (The Associated Press)

India's top court has granted an Italian marine's request for extended medical leave before he and a fellow marine face charges over the 2012 shooting of two Indian fishermen.

Massimiliano Latorre had asked the Supreme Court to allow him to stay longer in Italy after he suffered a stroke while detained in India and was allowed to go home for medical treatment. The court on Wednesday approved a three-month extension.

Latorre and Salvatore Girone are expected to be charged in the killing of two fishermen, when the marines were assigned to anti-piracy duty aboard an Italian cargo ship off India's southwestern coast.

The case has sparked a diplomatic uproar between India and Italy, which has also said the fishermen were mistaken for pirates.