India's Supreme Court indefinitely extended its order yesterday barring the Italian ambassador from leaving the country over the failure to return two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen.
The judges said ambassador Daniele Mancini had waived his diplomatic immunity by giving the court a written promise that the men would return to India by March 22.
The pair were allowed to return home to vote in elections but Italy said last week that they wouldn't go back to India.
The court then barred Mr Mancini from leaving India and asked him to explain his position.
He said his promise represented his government's position, which had changed.
Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said that the pledge was a personal one and he had violated it.
The next court hearing is set for April 2.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said last week that Italy would be open to international mediation.
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