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Mar 21, 2013 at 09:22am IST

Military prosecutor in Rome questions marines sought by India for fishermen killings

Rome: A military prosecutor in Rome is questioning the two Italian marines that the Indian government is insisting return to face trial in the deaths of two Kerala fishermen. India and Italy are in a standoff over the case.

The Supreme Court barred the Italian ambassador from leaving the country after the Italian government refused to return the marines to India. The two have been charged in India with killing two Indian fishermen whom the marines say they mistook for pirates.

The Italians were on anti-pirate duty aboard a cargo ship off India's coast in February 2012. Italy insists the shooting happened in international waters and that India has no jurisdiction. The Italians were allowed to return home to vote in February elections, then Italy announced they would not go back to India.

Fishermen killings: Military prosecutor questions marines

The Supreme Court had barred the Italian envoy from leaving the country after Italy refused to return the marines to India.