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Lawmakers meet Italian marines accused of killing Indian fishermen


Rome, Dec 5 (IANS/AKI) Italian lower house of members met two marines, Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who are accused of killing two fishermen off in 2012.

"The two informal meetings (on Tuesday) represented an opportunity to show the Defence Committee's interest in an unwavering solidarity over the incident," said a statement from Parliament.

A court in was in October due to begin considering the long-running case which strained bilateral ties and prompted to seek international arbitration in 2015.

The fatal shooting in February 2012 of the two by Latorre and Girone off as they guarded an Italian sparked a diplomatic incident between and

alleges the incident took place in international waters during a UN backed anti-piracy mission.

Girone and Latorre, who have not been charged over the killings, claim they thought the unarmed fishermen were pirates.

Both marines were allowed to return to Italy after the Hamburg-based in August 2015 ruled had no jurisdiction in the case and referred it to the in

The marines have been allowed to stay in Italy pending court ruling.



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 13:24 IST