Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
NEW DELHI

Hearing postponed for Italian marines in India

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New Delhi, April 22 - The Supreme Court hearing for
two Italian marines facing trial in India was postponed from
Monday to Thursday, sources told ANSA on Monday.
The marines' defense lawyers explained that the judges must
make the delicate and complex decision of whether the
investigation should be handled by the anti-terrorism National
Investigation Agency (NIA) or the criminal Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI), a decision that could decide whether the
marines face a possible death sentence if convicted.
On April 16, Italy presented an affidavit challenging a
court decision to assign the case to the NIA, which placed the
investigation under a severe 2002 law designed to fight
terrorism in international waters.
The 2002 anti-terrorism law calls for capital punishment in
the case of conviction for homicide.
Italian anti-pirate marines Massimiliano Latorre and
Salvatore Girone are in India on charges of shooting and killing
fishermen Valentine (aka Gelastine) 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.
While there have been signs of improvements in recent
weeks, relations between the two countries have frayed over the
past year, prompting Italy to request independent third-party
arbitration in the tangled affair.
Italian ambassador to India, Daniele Mancini, was present
in court for the marines on Monday.

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