Two Italian marines won't face death penalty in India

April 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM

NEW DELHI, April 29 (UPI) -- Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said Monday two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen will not face the death penalty.

Government officials said April 22 the two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, would be investigated by the anti-terrorism National Investigation Agency instead of the criminal Central Bureau of Investigation.

India's anti-terrorism law calls for the death penalty for a conviction of homicide but Khurshid said that will not apply in the Italians' case, ANSA reported.

Latorre and Girone were returned to India March 22 to face charges of killing the fishermen after mistaking them for pirates during an anti-piracy mission in February 2012. Italy disputed India's claim that it has jurisdiction in the case, arguing that the deaths occurred in international waters.

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