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EU's ambassador in India worried about Italian marines

Cravinho expresses hope for solution to big diplomatic row

21 February, 17:28
EU's ambassador in India worried about Italian marines (ANSA) - New Delhi, February 21 - The European Union's ambassador to India has said he is worried about two Italian marines facing charges for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen, local media reported Friday.

Indian prosecutors could seek to apply an anti-terrorism, anti-piracy law against Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. The two marines stand accused of killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki 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 2012.

The hope is that "it will be possible to find a solution" to the Italy-India crisis, Indian news agency Pti reported EU Ambassador Joao Cravinho as saying.

Cravinho went on to add he was "very worried" about the possibility that the anti-terrorism and anti-piracy law may be used in the case.

He also raised the issue that "two years have already passed since the accident and no charges have been drawn up yet".