Renzi promises fast resolution for marines in India
Premier says Italy will 'act with honour' as marines have done25 February, 18:07
Earlier Monday, Indian prosecutors told the supreme court in New Delhi that they were in favour of dropping a request that the Italian marines be prosecuted under an anti-terrorism, anti-piracy law.
But they said that India's NIA anti-terrorism police should conduct the prosecution.
The possible application of the anti-terrorism law in this case caused major diplomatic tension between the two nations, with Rome saying it equated Italy with a terrorist State.
The anti-terrorism law calls for the death penalty in the case of a guilty verdict, but the Indian authorities had already excluded the possibility of capital punishment, albeit after lengthy delays and many mixed signals. The marines are accused of allegedly killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after reportedly 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.
The two marines have been living and working at the Italian embassy in India pending charges in the case.