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Italy, India at odds over fishermen shootings

Italy says the men have immunity from Indian law as the tanker, the Enrica Lexie, was flying with an Italian flag in international waters.



Rome: Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi
on Monday warned of "considerable differences" with India over the
alleged killing of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates
by Italian soldiers on an oil tanker.

"There are currently considerable differences of a legal
character. Up to now I have not seen the co-operation between
India and Italy that would be desirable and would allow a
quick resolution," Terzi said.

Italy says the men have immunity from Indian law as the
tanker, the Enrica Lexie, was flying with an Italian flag in
international waters as it sailed from Singapore to Egypt when
the shooting occurred on Wednesday.

The two soldiers, who were deployed on the ship under a
new law passed in Italy last year to protect against the
growing threat from pirates in the Indian Ocean, were due
before an Indian magistrate today.

They were escorted off the vessel and arrested yesterday.

PTI

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