Italian sailors Latorre and Girone wait to board elevator to reach police commissioner’s office in Kochi

Mike Schuler
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January 4, 2013

Italian sailors Massimiliano Latorre (L) and Salvatore Girone wait to board an elevator to reach the police commissioner’s office in the southern Indian city of Kochi December 18, 2012. Italy’s Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paolo on Sunday visited two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala, stepping up pressure to allow the men home for Christmas after the case flared into a diplomatic spat. The sailors, members of a military security team protecting the cargo ship Enrica Lexie from pirate attacks, open fired on a fishing boat they mistook for a pirate craft in February. The killings of the unarmed fishermen triggered outrage in India. REUTERS/Sivaram V (INDIA – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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