India 'mulls ruling out death sentence' for Italian marines
Pair accused of killing fishermen in piracy mixup15 January, 18:34
If the interior ministry rules out using the law, the NIA would effectively be taken off the case. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone are accused of killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after allegedly mistaking them for pirates and opening fire on their fishing trawler while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala on February 15, 2012.
The Italian petition to the Indian Supreme Court said the pair should be released due to the long delays in their trial. It demanded Indian magistrates "immediately present charges without using the anti-terrorism law," and proposed "authorizing the marines to return to Italy to wait out the time (required) for Indian trial," judicial sources said.
Italy's appeal will be examined Monday, Indian judicial sources told ANSA.