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Indian court postpones Italian marines' murder hearing

On trial for alleged killing of two fishermen

08 January, 12:53
Indian court postpones Italian marines' murder hearing (ANSA) - New Delhi, January 8 - A court in New Delhi on Wednesday postponed a hearing in the case of two Italian marines charged with mistaking two Indian fishermen for pirates and shooting them dead at sea. The hearing, which was to open Wednesday, is scheduled to reconvene January 30 once the defence has formalized its position on several objections. The court is also still waiting for a report summing up the investigation by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA). Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of killing Ajesh Binki and Valentine aka Gelastine on February 15, 2012, when the marines allegedly opened fire on their fishing trawler from the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie.

The shooting occurred just off the coast of Kerala in southern India, near traditional Indian fishing grounds in the Laccadive Sea.

The incident sparked a diplomatic row between the governments of India and Italy, stemming from a conflict of opinions over legal jurisdiction and functional immunity.