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India's prosecution of marines may hurt anti-pirate measures

Ashton says EU worried about fallout from Italian case

04 February, 18:41
India's prosecution of marines may hurt anti-pirate measures (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 4 - The European Union is worried that India's attempts to prosecute two Italian marines accused of shooting two fishermen while on an anti-piracy mission may hurt efforts to fight the crime, a top EU official said Tuesday.

"The case is likely to have negative impacts on the EU's efforts and those around the world in the fight against piracy," the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton said in a letter.

She discussed the case while vowing to keep up pressure on India about the situation of the two marines, in a letter to European Parliament Deputy Speakers Gianni Pittella and Roberta Angelilli.

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