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'Swift and fair' solution' to India marines case

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Rome, August 23 - The Italian government on Friday
vowed to continue to work towards a "swift and fair" solution to
the case of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian
fishermen while on anti-piracy duty last year.
The third meeting of the government's working group on the
case, with Premier Enrico Letta, foreign, justice and defence
ministers, and envoy Staffan de Mistura, said it was awaiting
the completion of an Indian probe ahead of trial.
One final legal opinion on witness interviews is the sole
roadblock to wrapping up the probe, India said this week.
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said Thursday the
government's lawyers had found a solution to the testifying
issue, although he said he preferred to wait for the lawyers to
announced it.
The four witnesses - fellow marines who are thought to have
seen what happened the night two of their comrades allegedly
killed the two Indian fishermen - are at the heart of a dispute
over whether they should be in India for interviews by
investigators.
Italy maintains their presence is not necessary to the
investigation of Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre,
accused of murder in the shooting deaths of two fishermen in
February 2012.
The pair allegedly mistook the fishermen for pirates.
The four witnesses could be interviewed long-distance,
Italian authorities have said.
Italian Defence Minister Mario Mauro said the witnesses
could be interviewed by video conference or by Indian
investigators on Italian soil.

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