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Fishermen killing: India asks Italy to send four Italian marines for deposition

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New Delhi: India has asked Italy to send four Italian marines, who were witnesses to the shooting incident of Indian fishermen on board Enrica Lexie, to record their statements.

The Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry informed Italy that the refusal to send four witnesses to India for deposing would further delay the case. India also said it would not send the NIA team to Italy for this purpose.

The four marines, who were summoned were onboard Italian vessel 'Enrica Lexie' and were present at the spot when their colleagues Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone allegedly shot dead two fishermen on February 15, 2012, had conveyed that they were not ready to come to India for deposition as witness following summons from the NIA, which is probing the case.

The witnesses had said that they were ready for appearance either through video conferencing, or a team of NIA should visit Italy for questioning them or the investigators can send them written questions which they would reply.

On Feb 15, 2012, the two marines, posted on security duty aboard an Italian-registered oil tanker, Enrica Lexie, mistaking a boat of fishermen for pirates, shot and killed two Indian fishermen, Ajay Binki and Gelastine.

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