Italian marines file petition against Indian police
Accused in murder challenge terrorism authorities in New Delhi07 March, 13:58
The 50-page document argues that allowing the NIA anti-terror authorities to probe the case is not valid because their jurisdiction only extends to certain laws, such as suppression of piracy, which do not apply to the Italian sailors.
The document was prepared by the Italian legal team that has worked with the two marines for almost two years.
India's Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati has already told India's supreme court that he favoured dropping the anti-terrorism laws in this case - but has asked the courts to approve the NIA leading the investigation.
The court adjourned the case again Friday without setting the next hearing date.
Latorre and Girone are accused of allegedly killing fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) and Ajesh Binki after reputedly opening fire on their fishing trawler while guarding the privately owned Italian-flagged oil-tanker MT Enrica Lexie off the coast of Kerala.
The two marines have been living and working at the Italian embassy in India pending charges.