NEW DELHI - India's top court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by an Italian marine facing murder charges to stay in his home country for four more months to undergo medical treatment, a decision which angered Italy's president. Massimiliano Latorre, who suffered a stroke in August, is one of two Italian marines accused over the 2012 shooting of two fishermen mistakenly believed to be pirates, in a case that has soured ties between New Delhi and Rome. The Supreme Court had allowed Latorre, 47, to return to Italy in September for four months of medical treatment.

He sought to double that extension in his latest plea to undergo treatment that includes heart bypass surgery. "The plea of the accused is dismissed," Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu said.