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Bonino thanks Germany for support in marines row with India

Two Italians possibly face death penalty in New Delhi

07 February, 17:38
Bonino thanks Germany for support in marines row with India (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 7 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino on Friday thanked Germany for pressing India to "rapidly resolve" the case of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012.

"We very much appreciated" when - during German President Joachim Gauck's visit to India - the German ambassador to New Delhi asked for the impartial examination of the case and warned that relations with Europe were at stake, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said after meeting her German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Rome on Friday.

Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of killing two Indian fishermen after allegedly mistaking them for pirates and opening fire on their fishing trawler while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala in February 2012.

The Indian interior ministry has reaffirmed its intention not to request the death penalty, according to press reports Friday.

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