Mercoledì, 26 Settembre 2018
NEW DELHI

India confirms Italy's marines won't face death penalty

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New Delhi, April 9 - India's interior minister on
Tuesday confirmed that the government would not seek the death
penalty for two Italian marines being tried there for murder.
Sushil Kumar Shinde cited section 34 C of India's 1962
Extradition Act, which allows the court to rule out the death
penalty as a possible sentence.
"The government has made an international commitment to
Italy not to seek the death penalty, and it will be honored"
Shinde told the Economic Times, an English-language Indian
newspaper.
Italian anti-pirate marines Massimiliano Latorre and
Salvatore Girone are in India on charges of shooting and killing
fishermen Jelestine "Valentine" and Ajesh Binki after allegedly
mistaking them for pirates while guarding a mercantile ship off
the Kerala coast in February 2012.
After a drawn-out diplomatic row, Italy agreed to hand the
men over to Indian authorities last month despite contesting
India's right to jurisdiction, given the incident took place in
international waters.

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