Italian Marines Held In Indian Jail On Ship Firing

By Salon Staff

Published March 5, 2012 1:09PM (EST)

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court has ordered two Italian marines held in jail while officials investigate last month's killing of two Indian fishermen at sea.

The marines are accused of shooting the fishermen Feb. 15 after mistaking them for pirates off India's southwest coast. The marines had been providing security on a cargo ship.

A court in the southern state of Kerala on Monday remanded the Italians to custody for another two weeks and ordered they be moved to jail from a guest house in the southern city of Kochi, where they've been held since Feb. 19.

Chief Judicial Magistrate A.K. Gopakumar also denied the marines' plea for jail privileges granted in Italy to military officials, saying Indian law granted no such favors.

Salon Staff

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