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Lexie case: the weapons seized

(BRUSSELS2) A joint search by the Indian police and Italian representatives led to the seizure, on Sunday (26 February), of the weapons that were used against the fishermen on the Italian tanker, still moored in the port of Cochin. On the Italian side, a defense attaché and two ballistic experts from Italy will continue to participate in the investigation. Indian and Italian authorities have, in fact, agreed on a joint examination of the weapons before pursuing the case. The visit to India by the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Staffan de Mistura, helped to de-dramatize the tone between the two capitals. The two arrested Italian soldiers will be brought under Indian law, however, maintained the Indian Minister of Defence, AK Antony, while the Italians submitted a request for withdrawal to the High Court of Kerala. The Italian version seems to have changed somewhat. They considered that the attitude of the fishing vessel was perceived as dangerous by the tanker's sailors and that several warning shots did take place. The argument of a possible confusion with another ship therefore seems to have fizzled out.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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