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India won't seek death penalty against Italian maries

New development may be way of keeping jurisdiction of case

07 February, 15:30
India won't seek death penalty against Italian maries (ANSA) - New Delhi, February 7 - The Indian interior ministry has reaffirmed its intention not to request the death penalty against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission in 2012, according to press reports Friday.

The news was reported by local press agency Pti, which stressed that the ministry has nevertheless requested the marines be prosecuted under the severe anti-piracy law, which carries the death penalty. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone stand accused of killing two Indian fishermen 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 in February 2012. Some legal experts have suggested India would lose its claim to jurisdiction over the killings, which took place outside its territorial waters, unless it used the anti-piracy law. Rome hasbeen petitioning the Indian Supreme Court to rule out use of the anti-piracy law and return the marines to Italy.

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