Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Judge chosen for marines' trial in India

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Rome, March 25 - The New Delhi High Court on
Monday selected the judge who will oversee the trial of two
Italian anti-piracy marines accused of murdering two fishermen
in a special court where legal sources say they will not face
the death penalty.
Judge Amit Bansal will preside over the trial of
Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who returned to India
on Friday following a two-week face-off between Rome and New
Dehli caused by the marines' failure to return from Italy where
they were on leave to vote.
Italy had promised the men would go back after last month's
election leave as they did after a Christmas break but did not
honour the pledge, angering India.
Over the weekend, Indian Justice Minister Ahwani Kumar said
that there were no guarantees and that no deal had been made
with Italy regarding the marines sentence and the omission of
the death penalty.
However, Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid told Rome
officials that "this case would not fall in the category of
matters which attract the death penalty".
The two marines had been held in India since February 2012
after a shooting incident in international waters in which two
Indian fishermen, Jelestine Valentine and Ajesh Binki, were
killed.
Italy has always denied that India has jurisdiction over
the case, as it took place in international waters.
Indian legal sources on Monday said that the maximum
sentence applicable for the two marines is seven years.

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