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India says Italian marines won't face death penalty


New Delhi, April 8 - Two Italian marines facing
homicide charges in India will not face the death penalty should
they be convicted in the deaths of two fishermen, a senior
official in New Delhi said Monday.
Previous promises made to waive that punishment remain
valid, said R.K Singh, the undersecretary of India's interior
"We will honour any assurance that has been given to Italy"
concerning the death penalty, he told reporters.
It had been unclear recently if those earlier pledges still
stood in what has become a highly publicized and politicized
case that saw Italy's foreign minister resign over a decision
last month to return the two sailors to India to stand trial.
Late last week, the Indian government confirmed the marines
would be tried by a special court that cannot hand down a death
Anti-piracy marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore
Girone stand accused in the February 2012 deaths of Ajesh Binki
and Jelastine Valentine after allegedly mistaking them for
pirates while guarding the Enrica Lexie merchant ship.

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