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Mar 23, 2013 at 08:46pm IST

Kerala Police lured marines in Indian waters, claims Italian Deputy Foreign Minister

New Delhi: A day after the Delhi High Court issued order for setting up a special court to try the Italian marines, who are facing murder charges in the killing case of two Kerala fishermen, the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister has claimed that the marines were lured in the Indian waters by the Kerala Police. He was speaking to Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN show 'Devil's Advocate'.

Below is the transcript of the excerpt from the interview:

Karan Thapar: Why did your Captain come back to Cochin? The theory is that he was lured back or brought back on some grounds of deception. Can you confirm that?

Staffan de Mistura: I can tell you what I know rather than confirming because I hope the Indian side would discover that. Point number one is what you said is correct. He was there. Point number two he returned not inside the national waters because he was never in national waters. But I will quote instead, I think a senior official of the Kerala Police, who actually very proudly said - "We lured him in".

Karan Thapar: We have lured them in?

Staffan de Mistura: Yes, he said so. I am quoting an Indian policeman from Kerala.

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