Marines pressurised Captain to cover up

Fresh accusations emerge in Enrica Lexie case. 

Italian marines pressurised Captain to cover up

Rajesh Ahuja

Two Italian marines accused of shooting dead two Indian fishermen allegedly tried to cover their tracks after the incident by pressurising the captain of their vessel Enrica Lexie to generate a report for international maritime security organisations that claimed the fishermen were armed and that’s why they opened fire, sources told HT.

“The captain of Enrica Lexie generated an email report after the shooting incident on February 15, 2012 which claimed that six of the fishermen on Indian boat St. Antony were armed. But Indian investigators found all 11 fishermen on board the Indian boat St. Antony were unarmed. There was no weapon on the boat,” said a home ministry official requesting anonymity.

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